SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Youth baseball will be a very common sight in Shreveport-Bossier over the next two weekends. 2,000 players from 170 teams in 7 states will all converge for what's called the Twin City Shootout - Super NIT.
And there's also a lot at stake financially.
"About a million dollars over the two weekends," said Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission Executive Director Kelly Wells. "And that's direct economic impact, doesn't include the 20 teams."
Wells said he makes that big estimate because those young athletes will be joined by more than 3,000 friends and family, most staying two nights.
"They're going to have forgotten something. They're going to have to run to the store and buy. They're going to go out to the gas station, the grocery stores. They're going to go eat at restaurants, stay in the hotels. So the economic impact really spreads across the two cities," explained Stacy Brown, the Convention and Tourist Bureau President.
Wells and Brown added that the economic impact from the two-weekend baseball tournament would have been even better had all 200 teams decided to make it for this tournament. But they said roughly 30 of the teams called and said they would not be making the trip because of the threat of bad weather.
At stake for winners in the Twin City Shootout is berths to state championships and the Elite World Series of the United States Specialty Sports Association, better known as the USSSA, played at Disney World.
Regardless of who wins, it's already being described as a victory for the local economy.
Brown said so far this year, overnight stays in hotels have seen a small drop in Shreveport-Bossier. She blames that largely on corporate business being down a little, but said she's optimistic about the rest of the year.
It all gets underway on Friday, April 28 and continues the following weekend.