Athletes Unlimited commits to Chicago area with five-year stadium lease extension

Athletes Unlimited Pro Softball (AU), the professional softball league in the U.S., is set to announce a five-year stadium lease extension for its AU Pro Softball League at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Illinois.

The stadium lease extension reinforces Athletes Unlimited’s commitment to professional softball in the Chicago area.

“Chicago is the birthplace of softball – the sport was invented here in 1887, and women’s teams have a long history playing here. It is only fitting that Athletes Unlimited continue having the Chicago-area’s Parkway Bank Sports Complex as our home base for the next five,” said Jon Patricof, Athletes Unlimited co-founder and CEO. “We’re inspired by this city’s love of sports and hope Chicagoans continue to embrace the world’s best softball players when they compete in AU in July and August.”

Originally launched in 2020, Athletes Unlimited Pro Softball brings more than 60 world-class female athletes to compete in action-packed fastpitch softball over a high-stakes five-week season at Parkway Bank Sports Complex. Each summer, fans from all over the country can tune into AU Pro Softball on national television via ESPN or attend the exciting in person games. Earlier this year, AU announced an extension to its national broadcast deal with ESPN and the league is proud to have partnerships with Nike, Gatorade and other leading global sports giants.

AU games offer a distinct experience, as each week the team roster changes based on the individual players’ performance in previous games. Top players are selected as the team captain for the week. In essence, each player is competing not only with the opposing team members, but against their teammates to climb the individual leaderboard rankings, thereby winning the opportunity to handpick their teammates for the next series.

Season five of Athletes Unlimited Pro Softball will run July 26 through August 25. To learn more about AU Pro Softball, visit