WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Large crowds of people have been flocking to Lawrence Dumont Stadium to catch some of this years NBC World Series.
This years tournament features 32 teams, some from as far away as Alaska and one full of former major leaguers.
What is even better is the money it is bringing to Wichita.
The star-studded Kansas Stars, including big names like Adam LaRoche and former Wichita State Shocker Nate Robertson have brought big crowds.
Saturday night, more than 7,000 avid baseball fans turned out to see the Stars play.
It was the first sellout of the NBC tournament this year.
City councilman Pete Meitzner says those players are just one group leaving their mark on Wichita.
“They’ve been all over the community, their families went to the zoo today, all the other teams running around, staying at hotels, eating, it’s a big impact,” said Meitzner.
Several hotels in town have enjoyed the business, some at full occupancy the entire weekend.
Many local businesses and restaurants are also appreciating the extra crowds.
The tournament is keeping track of just where the fans are coming from.
“When people are ordering the tickets, through Ticketmaster, we can see what zip codes they come from, we’ll know where these tickets come from and it’s a lot more people coming then just Wichita citizens,” said Meitzner.
While Meitzner says they’re still working to figure out the overall economic impact, he says you can’t put a price tag on the national exposure Wichita is receiving.
“If this tournament is successful as it looks, I think we set the bar pretty high that it’ll go on for a long time,” said Meitzner.
Meitzner says once the tournament concludes on Saturday, VisitWichita will help compile numbers from the attendance.
This includes adding up concession numbers and reports from the hotels and restaurants.
Meitzner says this will help get an accurate account of just what the impact from this years event is.