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Cal Ripken World Series leaves huge economic benefits

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The Cal Ripken World Series has come and gone, but it left a huge impact on the Jonesboro area.

Players, coaches and their families rolled into town Aug. 6 and brought their wallets with them.

They spent money on everything from restaurant checks to hotel costs over a 10-day stay.

Director of Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Wixson Huffstetler said the economic impact on hosting the tournament was a home run.

“It was such a great economic impact on this city with the hotels that were full,” Huffstetler said. “I know several teams went downtown and ate different nights. I know Florida’s team, I think they had 41 people go to Skinny J's in one night. They had the whole back room for them. So, they spent a lot of time in our city.”

Huffstetler said those in the tournament were so impressed they're talking about the possibility of returning to the Jonesboro area and hosting the 12 year old tournament.

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