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2019 Dixie World Series

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A recruitment team comprised of the City of Ruston, the Ruston-Lincoln CVB and the Ruston Dixie Baseball Association stepped up to the plate and a scored a home run! Mayor Ronny Walker announced (8/14/17) that the City of Ruston won the bid to host the Dixie Youth Baseball (DYB) 2019 World Series for the 8u AA Coach Pitch and Machine Pitch, the 10u AAA Minors Live Arm, the 12u Majors, and the 12u O-Zone. The two week-long, youth baseball tournament will bring in 60 teams from 11 southern states.

Economic Impact

The economic impact for hotels, motels, restaurants, and other businesses is projected to be at least $6 million for what promises to be the single largest youth sporting event for the City of Ruston and Lincoln Parish. "Hotels and motels will be filled from Ruston to Monroe to Minden - all along the I-20 corridor," said Travis Napper, President and CEO for the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). "Because the DYB World Series will take place over two weeks with only one game played daily, visitors will be eating in our restaurants, shopping in our stores, and visiting local attractions. There's a tremendous economic impact for Northeast Louisiana."

Mayor Walker believes it took teamwork and community support to win the DYB World Series. Walker points to the three-quarter cent sales tax approved in April 2016 that funds Ruston’s master plan, which includes a $15 million sports complex. The brand new, City of Ruston Sports Complex on 170 acres is a big reason why the Dixie Youth organization selected the City of Ruston, according to Mayor Walker.

The Sport Complex boasts multiple ball fields, soccer and football areas, a walking track and even a fishing pond. Phase I of the construction on the Sports Complex will be to build out the baseball fields in time for the DYB World Series to be held July 29 to August 9, 2019.

Youth Sports Tourism is Big Business!

According to Youth Sports Advisory, youth sports tourism is a $7 billion a year industry- just ask any parent with kids in travel ball. Mayor Walker says according to the southern average a typical family spends nearly $500 a weekend for each travel game. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association points to the fact that even in an economic downturn, youth sports tourism is almost recession-proof. Parents will sacrifice a couple’s get-away before they’ll sacrifice their children’s sports travel. Youth sports are commonly defined as nonschool-related sport activities that include baseball, soccer, lacrosse, rowing, volleyball and gymnastics.

 

Source: http://nelaopportunity.com

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