Fastball Tournament Good For The City

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
Fastball Tournament Good For The City

Seventy-seven teams have been confirmed for the Canadian Native National Fastball Championships, taking place this weekend. It means rough 1,500 ball players will be descending on the city over three days. That translates into good news for the local economy.
“So we’re talking 1,500 people spending four nights in our town. That’s 6,000 room-nights or the equivalent of 6,000 overnight stays,” says the CEO of Tourism Prince George Erica Hummel. “Say they spend $225, on average, each. You’re looking at a direct economic impact of $1.35 million. And that’s not even counting the budget to put on the tournament itself.”
Nor does that include the spending of family and friends that may be joining the players. Hummel says, once the tournament is over, they will be conducting a better assessment to get a clearer picture of the economics. For retailers, restaurants and hotels, these kinds of events are an added boon.
“This event has put us over the top,” says the General Manager of the Coast Inn of the North. “This is one of the best July’s this hotel has had in a very long time.”
The number of players is equivalent to the number of athletes that arrived for the first week of the Canada Winter Games. The difference: those athletes were fed at the Civic Centre and they were all under-age. Not this time. Organizer Randy Potskin puts in aptly.
“The restaurants, I hope they’re ready because it’s it’s going to be a really busy three days.”

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