Economic Impact of Balls and Strikes

Organizers are once again preparing to host the State 4A Division I & II Baseball and Softball Championships in Salina.

Each year the twin tournaments bring in a total of 16 teams, plus family, friends and fans to watch baseball in Salina.

“A lot of them, depending on where they’re from spend the night. And we estimate that it’s anywhere between $200,000 to $300,000 in visitor spending back to the community just for that weekend,” said Tiffany Benien, Sports and Events Manager with the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce.

She added the numbers vary if rain falls and how far the teams travel from to participate in the tournament.

Benien joined in on the KSAL Morning News with a look at the tournament that also leans heavily on volunteers to make it a success.

“We have our main volunteers like announcers and score keepers but we are still looking for ticket sellers and also people to help us sell the programs and T-shirts,” she said.

Both two day tournaments are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 26th and 27th – State Baseball games at Dean Evans Stadium on Markley Road and State Softball games at Bill Burke Park on East Crawford.