Jonesboro to host largest youth ball tournament in town's history

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro is prepping for the largest tournament in the town's history.

The tournament is expected to draw thousands of people, which city officials tell Region 8 News will make up for a huge economic loss from last year.

Last year, the University of Miami canceled on A-State's home opener.

The news disappointed fans and many businesses in Jonesboro.

The city counted on that game to draw thousands and bring in tons of revenue.

But on Wednesday, city officials said "MAYhem at the Mack" presented by Academy Sports and Outdoors will make up for it.

"We'll use 24 fields at this tournament, May 19-20," Tournament Director Randy Bearce said. "We'll use 14 at Joe Mack Campbell, two at Westside, Valley View, Nettleton and four at Southside Softball Complex."

The tournament has 170 teams bracketing in, which is the most teams in the city's history to participate in a Jonesboro ball tournament.

Bearce said this will be a huge economic impact for the city.

"That's going to represent over 5,000 people in Jonesboro for that weekend," Bearce said. "So, the hotels will be full, the restaurants will be full, and all the retail establishments will be full as well. It's going to be very busy and fun."

A lot of effort went into attracting this number of teams to Jonesboro, including the installation of turf on Joe Mack Campbell Park fields, park upgrades, and having no entry fee for the upcoming tournament.

"We want our visitors to enjoy this experience and we also want them to come back," Bearce said.

The tournament will be held May 19-20.

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