2023 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Who is hosting the 2023 College World Series regional play?
One of the most exciting events in the sporting calendar, the College World Series is prefaced by an arcane regional qualification. We look at where it all starts.
June is the heart of summer, the heart of baseball, the heart, perhaps, of America. As the MLB race becomes solidified, the college baseball season winds down with one of the most exciting events in the sporting calendar: the College World Series.
College sports are the soul of what American sports is all about. Football, basketball, and of course baseball, all owe their place in our collective hearts thanks to the thousands of colleges and universities across the land that give fans a personal connection at a local level to the athletes.
But with this all-pervasive coverage of the country comes an unwieldiness that makes any sort of national tournament somewhat byzantine in the early stages. College football has the Bowl Series, basketball has the Final Four, and baseball whittles down the nation into the College World Series.
Friday, June 2, the action kicks off with regional play, which sees the thousands of schools in the land down to a starting field of 64 teams. Thirty of these teams earned an automatic bid by virtue of winning their conference tournament or championship, while the others received at-large invitations.
These 64 teams are divided into 16 regional pools, with each region seeded from 1 to 4 and competing in a double elimination format.
The Regional hosts
What happens next in the College World Series?
The winners of the 16 Regionals will advance to the Super Regionals, which will be played from Friday, June 9 through to Monday June 12 and hosted by the top eight seeded teams.
The winners of these eight Super Regionals will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, starting on Friday, June 16.