Baseball Tourney Generates Big Bucks for Dothan

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

The Junior Dixie Boys World Series is in full swing at Westgate Park.

The tournament brings in hundreds of tourists from all over the southeast and the City of Dothan is cashing in.

Dothan Leisure Services is hosting the 12-team tournament.

172 players and their families began pouring into the circle city last week.

City officials are making sure their stay is a pleasant and memorable experience.

“This is a great facility great town we've really enjoyed our stay here,” said Tommy Sloan from Petal, Mississippi.

The 2010 Junior Dixie Boys World Series is a big hit.

“The complex is beautiful, it's fabulous, you can tell that they've really worked hard thinking ahead of time what everybody would need,” said Carrol Anne Ray from Shreveport, Louisiana

Rotary Miracle Field Complex at Westgate Park is playing host to 172, 13-year-old baseball players and their families.

“We got teams from Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, to name a few,”

Roy Kitts with Dothan Leisure Services estimates more than 400 people are in Dothan for the tournament. They’re bringing in big bucks for the city.

“Restaurants have been full and the hotels have been full so we have a lot of happy businesses,” s

“We’re staying at the Hampton hotel,” said Emily Sharp.

“The economic impact from this tournament is $500,000” said Kitts.

“Dothan is great, it seems to have everything we need, from the great hotels to the great eating out,” added Ray.
“we're enjoying this town though, the facilities are great, loving the atmosphere,” said Sloan.

While the atmosphere may be fun and exciting for spectators, it's also pretty hot out there. That's why Dothan Leisure Services set up cooling stations to keep everybody safe.

“How would you describe the heat?”
“Um, very hot,” said youngster Bryson Bogus from Louisiana.

“We are kind of used to it from Mississippi but it has been hot,” said Sloan.

But possibly more intense than the heat, the passion and state pride among fans.

“We came to win the World Series!” exclaimed Sloan.

The tournament began back on Friday with the opening ceremonies and ends on Wednesday night with the title game.

The state champion team from troy is representing Alabama in the tournament.

They are looking to repeat as World Series champs.

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