The National ASA 12 and Under Fastpitch Softball Championship is being held in Moline this week. Eighty three teams from 19 states were apart of the opening ceremonies held at the IWireless Center Sunday.
Only one team will win the title but the big winner is our local economy. Joe Taylor of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau says Moline is doing everything to impress our guests.
“Many of these teams are here for the 1st time so their moms and dads will be seeing the Quad Cities for the first time as we roll out the red carpet,” Taylor says. “It’s fun and economic development all rolled into one national tournament.”
When you do the math, the impact it can have on our area is big. Each team has 11 or 12 players, 3 or 4 coaches and their parents and siblings that need lodging, food and shopping during the week. Multiply that by 83 teams and the money this tournament brings in is major plus for our area.
Joe Taylor says, “I would guess at least 2 to 3 million dollars of economic impact because hotels, restaurants, airlines have all benefited from the teams coming to the Quad Cities.”
This is the 5th national tournament that Moline has hosted and they will be traveling to Dallas soon to place a bid for 2014.