New baseball fields to also contribute to local economy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Park and Recreation Department is in the process of adding two new baseball fields to the Joe Mack Campbell Complex. With an average of 12 tournaments a year and each one bringing a large crowd, it was time for more baseball fields.

"The tournaments have grown so much here in Jonesboro we were out of room for hosting these tournaments so we're having to add more fields to accommodate all the teams that are coming to town," said Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler.

Many of them are state and regional tournaments, bringing in people from all over the country.

"They have to stay in our hotels, have to eat our food, they go shopping and get gas," said Huffstetler.

Each tournament has a huge impact here in Jonesboro.

"Anywhere from a million and half to $2 million economic impact a year, in a seven month period of time," said Huffstetler.

A Ron's Catfish Employee said the tournaments keep them busy.

"When they come in, we're booming," said Blake Wilson.

The fields were also necessary for the 2015, Cal Ripken Little League World Series, that will be held in Jonesboro. The world series is expected to bring in at least 14 to 20 teams from all across the country.

The fields hope to be done in the next year, and are being paid for by out of the capital improvement fund.

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