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07/13/05

Statesboro Businesses Look Forward to Little League Tourney

Watch any baseball games this summer? If you have children in little league, you've probably seen a lot. And there's a lot to come. Statesboro is getting ready to host thousands of young players and their families, and that's big business.

When the umpires say play ball, little league will bring big bucks to the 'Boro. In less than two weeks, the United States Specialty Sports Association will bring its four World Series tournaments to Statesboro's Mill Creek Park.

"This is the first time USSSA is going to try all four of its age divisions in one place," said Ronald Smith with the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department.

They expect more than a hundred teams from around the country, bringing at least a dozen players and families for each team. When you consider the round-robin format of the tournament, every team in the four age divisions will be here at least four days.

Restaurant owners like Jim Lanier of Loco's Deli & Pub say baseball has already been very, very good to them. "There's baseball tournaments every weekend of the summer. We look forward to it. Our Saturdays are crowded with families eating, ball teams eating."

From hotels to shopping, it could mean a half million dollars business in one week.

"Usually an overnight visitor is about $100 dollars a day and a daytime visitors is $52 a day in spending," explained Lauren Yawn of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. "You're going to see a little bit of everybody."

From the fields to the stores, people are hoping they hit enough of a home run to bring everyone back next year.

The tournament starts in two weeks, with teams from as far away as Texas, New York and Ohio.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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