Sporting events help economy

first_img [email protected] (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Each year, tournaments at the Lancaster National Soccer Center pump about $6 million into the region’s economy, according to city officials. Cal South holds about nine or 10 tournaments at the center each year, accounting for about $3 million to $4 million of that total. Topping a schedule of more 30 softball tournaments will be a pair of national championships – the Amateur Softball Association of America’s girls 18-and-under Class A Western National Championship, to be held July 29 through Aug. 5, and the ASA’s Men’s Class D Western National Championship, scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The girls tournament is expected to draw 70 teams and pump $850,000 in economic impact to the region; the shorter mens tournament will draw about 60 teams and bring $250,000, city officials said. Every year, the Big 8 usually attracts 800 tournament teams and provides close to $2 million in economic impact, said Jeff Campbell, the manager of the complex. “With the addition of these two national championships we should exceed that $2 million figure,” Campbell said. LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster continues to push sports tournaments to attract tourism, lining up a softball event this year estimated to pump $850,000 into the region’s economy and securing the rights to host a 2009 soccer tournament that could attract as many as 15,000 visitors and bring in as much as $13 million. In a partnership with Cal South, the governing body for U.S. Youth Soccer in Southern California, the city secured the rights to host the 2009 Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships – an event that will attract 256 teams from 14 states. The event, to be held in June 2009, is expected to draw 10,000 to 15,000 visitors. The soccer tournament could pump as much as $13 million into the region’s economy and fill up hotel rooms all the way into the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. “The dollars that people bring in are really a helpful thing for us because they not only allow us to maintain the (recreation) facilities they also help with the city’s general fund,” said Bob Greene, the city’s assistant director of Parks, Recreation and Arts. “It’s our little help to the tourism industry and to economic development.” last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *