BOONE - The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Cubs have announced that the state baseball tournament will remain at Principal Park in Des Moines through 2015 after the two groups signed an extension to the current contract.
The home of the Iowa Cubs had been agreed upon as the home of the state baseball tournament through 2013, prior to Monday's announcement.
"The IHSAA prides itself in providing the best possible venues for our students participating in a state championship event," said IHSAA Executive Director Rick Wulkow. "Without question, Principal Park is the finest baseball facility in Iowa and allows us to give the teams and fans in each of our four classes the thrill of playing in a professional facility.
"Our relationship with the Iowa Cubs organization is excellent and they have been a gracious host to our teams and fans. The new contract extension is reflective of all these factors."
Paid attendance for the Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament has averaged 30,700 fans since moving to Des Moines starting in 2005, up from an average of 18,356 between 1997-2004.
Marshalltown High School had hosted the state tournament from 1975-2004 and then shared it with Carroll from 1995-2004.
"The past eight years have been a tremendous partnership and we look forward to extending our relationship with the IHSAA," said Sam Bernabe, President/General Manager of the Iowa Cubs. "I can't think of a better stadium in a more convenient city than Principal Park and the city of Des Moines to continue the great traditions of the state high school baseball tournament."