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Play Obetz


April 13 Play Obetz is back! After many years, we're happy to be bringing this event back! Fortress Obetz is the perfect new home for Play Obetz. Show off your skills at Play Obetz 2019! Compete in a number of sporting events for a chance to win a prize. This FREE family-friendly event is open to ages 4+. We're going to be giving away tons of prizes! Basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, and softball will all be represented at Play Obetz! The baseball and softball portions of this event will consist of the MLB Pitch Hit & Run and the MLB [...]

Play Obetz2019-03-21T15:16:57-05:00

MLB Pitch Hit & Run


April 13 Pitch Hit & Run™ is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills. Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals during the 2019 MLB™ All-Star Week®. The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All Around Champion in each division age group [...]

MLB Pitch Hit & Run2019-03-21T15:16:44-05:00

MLB Jr. Home Run Derby


April 13 MLB Junior Home Run Derby (JrHRD) provides players across the country an opportunity to participate in an exciting home run derby contest. All Local events are individually scored and the winners advance to one of ten (10) Regional Competitions. Regional Champions will advance and compete in the National Finals during Major League Baseball All-Star Week. You can register in person on the day of the event or you can preregister online. Learn more here: This event will take place directly after our Play Obetz event!

MLB Jr. Home Run Derby2019-03-21T15:16:34-05:00

Obetz Easter Breakfast & Egg Hunt


April 20 Hoppy Easter! Start the day off with an Easter Bunny breakfast. Enjoy pancakes and make a craft to take home! The breakfast will be held at the Obetz Community Center from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM. Registration is required for breakfast. Next, hop with us to Fortress Obetz for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt! The Egg Hunt is for children who are 10 years of age or younger and will begin promptly at 11:00 AM. Registration is NOT required for the Easter Egg Hunt. Please email Kerri Duffy at with any questions or concerns you might have. Click [...]

Obetz Easter Breakfast & Egg Hunt2019-03-21T15:16:27-05:00

Ohio Machine Resolute Tournament


May 4 & 18 Ohio Machine Lacrosse his proud to announce that they have once again partnered with Resolute Lacrosse, to host a pair of lacrosse tournaments at Fortress Obetz this May.  The 8th Annual Resolute Shootout will occur on Saturday, May 4. It features boys and girls teams from around the Midwest, showcasing some of the best teams in grades 6th grade and under. New this year is the inaugural Resolute Crossroads Middle School Tournament. This two-day event, scheduled for May 18, is a marquee event for 7th and 8th grade teams from around the region. Click here for more information:

Ohio Machine Resolute Tournament2019-03-21T15:16:01-05:00

Ohio Machine COYLL Tournament


April 27 Ohio Machine Hosts the Central Ohio Youth Lacrosse League Tournament COYLL — Central Ohio Youth Lacrosse League serves 70 teams from 20 participating communities. Learn more here:

Ohio Machine COYLL Tournament2019-03-21T15:15:51-05:00

2019 USA Rugby Club National & Rugby Ohio State Championships


June 1 & 2 We're thrilled to announce that the 2019 USA Rugby Club 15s National Championship will be hosted in conjunction with Rugby Ohio's 2019 High School State Championship at Fortress Obetz on June 1 - June 2! Read the full announcement here: Tickets are on sale now for $15 each day and can be purchased here: Saturday's ticket grants access to all matches, both USA Rugby and Rugby Ohio. We hope you can join us for a jam-packed, rugby-filled weekend! Please stay tuned for more details on the schedule and other special events surrounding this exciting weekend!

2019 USA Rugby Club National & Rugby Ohio State Championships2019-03-26T11:10:35-05:00

Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Showcase


June 18 & June 19 The very best high school athletes from each region will participate in their local tryouts to earn the right to compete for their region at the Under Armour Underclass Tournament.  Tryouts are open to anyone in the 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 graduation years. The Fortress is hosting the Midwest region! Visit their website to learn more:

Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Showcase2019-03-21T15:14:59-05:00

Famous Fortress Fireworks


July 4 Obetz hosts its 3rd Annual Famous Fortress Fireworks display — games, food trucks, inflatables, giveaways, and more. FREE!! On Thursday, July 4th, join the Obetz community at the Fortress and Memorial Park for the third annual fireworks display at Fortress Obetz! The fireworks will be let off in the field just north of the Memorial Park pond. The start time for the fireworks is set for 9:50 PM. The gates at Fortress Obetz will open at 6:00 PM, so bring your footballs, Frisbees, and cornhole boards! This is a FREE event! No chairs or canopies are permitted in the Fortress. [...]

Famous Fortress Fireworks2019-03-21T15:14:48-05:00