July 17, 2018

CT’s national softball tourney to field $2.1M economic impact

PHOTO | Keith Griffin
PHOTO | Keith Griffin
Hartford's Dunkin' Donuts Park will host the tournament's opening ceremony on July 23.

A national girls' softball tournament returning to Connecticut next week is expected to bring more than $2.1 million to the Greater Hartford economy, organizers announced Tuesday.

The United States Speciality Sports Association (USSSA) will host the 2018 Northeast National Championship for three divisions in East Hartford and Southington from July 23-28.

The fastpitch softball tournament is returning to Connecticut this year with additional games for more than 800 players on 70 teams in divisions fielding girls ages 12, 13 and 14. Games are scheduled at seven fields at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Club in East Hartford and four fields at Panthorn Park in Southington.

Teams will participate in pool play, then in double elimination for the tournament.

More than 2,500 family members, friends, tournament officials and staff are expected to travel to Connecticut from nine states -- including Ohio, Delaware and Maryland -- for the July 23 opening ceremony at downtown Hartford's Dunkin' Donuts Park.

The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) estimates the tournament's economic impact is over $2.1 million and will generate nearly $126,000 in states sales tax as attendees visit local restaurants, hotels, stores and nearby attractions.

CTCSB, the state's official meetings and sports event sales and marketing organization, is managing the tournament's hotel bookings for the fourth consecutive year. The organization says it booked more than 2,600 rooms at 25 hotels in East Hartford, Manchester, Windsor, East Windsor, Windsor Locks, Glastonbury, Rocky Hill, Meriden and Farmington.

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