Grand Park in Westfield says its economic impact more than doubled in 2015, compared to the previous year. Leaders with the 400-acre sports campus say it drew nearly 1 million visitors for tournaments and events last year.
According to the economic impact report prepared by Arizona-based Applied Economics, Grand Park visitor spending topped $97 million, up from nearly $44 million in 2014. The report also suggests sales tax revenues generated by those visitors increased from $2.8 million in 2014 to $6.2 million in 2015.
Applied Economics says, while travel tournaments are the main draw for Grand Park, more than 2,500 kids played in soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse and football events at the venue last year.
Grand Park features 26 baseball and softball diamonds as well as 31 multipurpose fields for sports including football, soccer and lacrosse. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor volleyball and basketball facility opened at the campus last month. This summer, The Grand Park Events Center will open, featuring full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and office space.