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USSSA tournament expected to bring millions to local economy

USSSA tournament expected to bring...

SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico County officials are gearing up for a busy next few weeks, that's because they are prepping for the return of the USSSA Eastern World Series.

This 3 week long event kicks off Wednesday, and brings hundreds of softball teams from across the country to Maryland's Eastern Shore.

We're told this major sports event is not only good for tourism,  but also a home run for the local economy.

James Simmons, the  Assistant Tourism Manager for Wicomico County says, "For the amount of teams that we have this year we are projecting 19 million, that's really them staying at hotels, eating at restaurants, that's them buying gas at the gas station, going to mall, going down to the boardwalk in Ocean City 

One business that is feeling the rush is La Quinta Inn & Suites in Salisbury.

"We're extremely booked, starting tomorrow we have 95 arrivals, just for the team itself, we're a 150 room property," says Jessica Dukes, the Director of Sales at La Quinta Inn.

Folks at La Quinta tells us they've added staff around the clock -o make sure rooms are ready for visitors.

"We are actually having laundry and housekeeping work at nighttime so this way we can have a quick turnover for them," says Dukes.

Folks coming to the tournament this year  will also have access to a new field  at the athletic complex.

"Everything whittles down to henry parker and all the expansion that is going out there. And it's really exciting for us, it's allowed us to keep this event in town and hopefully y to grow it in the future," says Simmons.

For a full schedule of events taking place during the USSSA Eastern World Series click here.


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