Baseball tournament set in Ozark to give economic boost

Bracket of the Dixie Majors Baseball World Series
Bracket of the Dixie Majors Baseball World Series(Nick Brooks)
Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 10:06 PM CDT
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OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) --

Baseball is coming to Eagle Stadium this weekend.

The tournament will bring in 11 teams from out of the Wiregrass.

The Dixie Majors 19-U World Series starts Friday, but the tournament is not just about sports.

"It's important for every single one of us and it's much needed especially in a time like right now," Co-Owner of El Palacio Ben Brown said.

Although businesses will see an increase in traffic, guidelines and recommendations have affected just how much traffic is received.

El Palacio was supposed to cater the opening ceremony banquet.

“This year there’s no banquet,” Ozark Leisure Services Director Steve Sherrill said. “Normally for the World Series you have a big banquet where all the teams get together. Even as big as our civic center is, there’s no way you could do that safely.”

Restaurants are not the only businesses in need of a kick start.

"The biggest drop in here and I'm pretty sure mostly everywhere was your motels," Sherrill added.

With 11 teams coming from out of town, it will bring in close to 300 people in coaches and players alone.

“We staff accordingly to handle the extra volume both in the kitchen and in the front of the house,” Brown continued. “I order extra food from our supplier so it’s a huge impact not only for El Palacio and us as a restaurant, but for my employees and my supplier and it’s a big job.”

Even with the restrictions for restaurants brown says it is still much needed help.

"It makes a huge difference to small business to bring more employees in to handle the volume that we are expecting this weekend even at 50% capacity we're still thankful for the business that's coming in Ozark," Brown finished.

The tournament starts Friday night and will go through at least Tuesday.

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