This is a big week for Spartanburg with the Carolina Panthers in town for training camp on Friday and another big tournament bringing thousands of people to Tyger River Park this week.
The Amateur Softball Association’s Girls Fast Pitch 18-U National Championship is filling up the cheering sections. More than 100 teams and 15 hundred players and coaches from 24 different states are in town for the tournament.
Chris Jennings, Executive Director of the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, says each players brings even more visitors.
“They don’t come solo, they come with mom, dad, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles,” Jennings explained. “They bring a number of family members with them.”
This tournament is just the latest example of what sports tourism means to the area. Big tournaments bring attention, money from spending and staying, as well as more development from all the demand, leading to investments like the Upward Star Center, and new hotels.
“That doesn’t happen because there’s empty space. They see a demand for that,” Jennings explained.
Jennings also says to be on the lookout for different sports – like soccer and lacrosse – to bring visitors here in the future.