updated: 5/8/2012 7:54:36 AM
Organizers of a girls fast pitch softball tournament say the event could be an economic windfall for Valparaiso and surrounding areas. The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will host a class of the 2012 National Softball Association Girls Fast Pitch World Series. The organization estimates a $2 million economic impact from 10,000 visitors during the week-long event.
May 7, 2012
VALPARAISO, Ind. - It was announced May 7, 2012 (also the first day of National Tourism Week), at a scheduled press conference, that South Shore Sports Promotions, a department of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will host the 2012 National Softball Association (NSA) Girls Fast Pitch “B” North World Series in the greater Northwest Indiana region. Opening ceremonies for the 2012 event will take place in Valparaiso, Ind.
This event is one of the largest sports events in the area with more than 280 teams from the Midwest expected to play from July 23-28, 2012 in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties. The Girl’s “B” World Series include 6 divisions including ages 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, and 16 and under. More than 35 hotels in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Chicago Southland have been secured for the event and 27 fields throughout Northwest Indiana will be utilized, to date 4,300 room nights have been booked so far.
The 2012 NSA World Series is expected to bring more than 10,000 athletes and their families to the region to eat at local restaurants, shop at stores and stay in region hotels.
“This is a huge piece of economic impact for all of Northwest Indiana,” explained Spero Batistatos, President and CEO of the South Shore CVA.
The expected economic impact for the region, derived from an estimated 280 teams participating with 14 girls per team, and the families and visitors accompanying those players, is expected to be in the area of $2 million.
“We’re finding that visitor spending in terms of sports is up,” explained Batistatos. “We are finding, based on the annual Lutheran basketball tournament that just took place in this community three weeks ago, that spending was in excess of $300 per person per night.”
He continued, “I think it speaks well to the kinds of businesses, attractions, and opportunities that exist in Valparaiso for amateur sports. We are very excited to make this announcement today when you have those kinds of numbers."
During the 2012 tournament, the following cities will host games at their fields: Crown Point (8u division), Crown Point and St. John (10u division), Portage (Imagination Glen), Valparaiso and Merrillville (Hidden Lake) (12u division), Hidden Lake and Highland (14u division), Michigan City (Patriot Park) and LaPorte (Kesling Park) (16u division), Crown Point (18u division).
For more information on the 2012 National Softball Association (NSA) Girls Fast Pitch “B” North World Series contact Jason Sands, Director of Sports Development, 219-554-2726 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority