Youth Baseball Nationals brings economic boost to Wicomico County
Wicomico County will be the hub for hundreds of teenage baseball players and their families for the Junior Baseball Nationals.
A tournament that will draw in over 700 baseball players June 29 to July 5. It's the first time this tournament has made its way to Delmarva, and it's one that Wicomico County believes will be a huge economic driver for the area.
"We're looking at 2,300 hotel room nights and probably about an estimated $3 million economic impact to the area," explains Cole Lacey, a sports marketing representative with Wicomico County.
Local businesses say the tournament will be a home run for their sales.
Chelsey Jones, Director of Sales at Hampton Inn, explains "It's going to be a tremendous impact not only for our hotel but most of the hotels in our market. So when we usually only see those weekend businesses from most of our baseball players, this is a week long so it's tremendous on us directly."
Lacey adds, "When you're getting 700 athletes coming into the area with their families not only are they staying in the hotels, but they're eating in our restaurants, they're visiting our different attractions."
But this tournament is more than just a revenue booster for the county.
"It's the impact we make in our area. So it's people seeing our Crossroads of Delmarva, it's them seeing who we are in Salisbury. So it's an impact not only on our business side of things but just showing them what we represent in our market," adds Jones.
The good news for locals is the fact that these tournament games are open and free to the public.
For more information on the Youth Baseball Nationals, visit baseballnationals.com/oceancity/.