Summer is baseball season in Palm Beach County

April 29, 2009

Summer is baseball season in Palm Beach County

Two hundred sixteen (216) teams involving an estimated 3,660 baseball players will descend on Palm Beach County this summer to participate in 7 major baseball tournaments. These players and coaches will occupy an estimated 5,300 hotel room nights, and contribute an estimated $2.6 million to the local economy.

Baseball has long been recognized as one of the leading core sports of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Blessed with tropical summer breezes, 47 miles of breathtaking beaches and one of the best playing facilities in the nation, Palm Beach County’s Roger Dean Stadium is a major draw for tournament activity. The complex is the only baseball facility east of the Rocky Mountains that consists of one primary baseball diamond and 12 supplementary fields.

The Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lake Worth, also offering excellent playing facilities, supplements Roger Dean Stadium for tournament play.

The USA Baseball 16 & under Championships, scheduled to take place from June 20-27, 2009, at Roger Dean Stadium and the Santaluces Athletic Complex, is the most prestigious baseball tournament in the nation for the 15 & 16 year old age group.

Overall, this event is expected to bring 72 teams and 1,200 athletes to Palm Beach County, making it one of the largest room night producing events of the summer. Last year, the event generated 4,703 room nights and more than $1.5 million in economic impact.

To help produce the event, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission entered into a three-way partnership with USA Baseball and Roger Dean Stadium. The Sports Commission is actively involved in all aspects of event management ranging from working directly with the venues and service providers, to managing labor and collection of admissions.

USA Baseball uses this tournament as an exclusive selection vehicle for the Youth National Team Trials. Approximately 20 players will be chosen from this event and flown to the home of USA Baseball, where they will join another 20 players from the West Championships held in Arizona. From this group, 18 players are selected to represent Team USA at the Junior Pan American Championships held in Panama.

This year will mark the 9th consecutive year that USA Baseball has made the 16 & under Championships Palm Beach County its home. The event is a significant contributor to the sports tourism industry and promoting Palm Beach County as the premier youth baseball destination in the US.

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