More teams may not mean more economic impact from local baseball tournaments
Numerous local events have left hotels booked, causing teams to stay elsewhere
DANVILLE – More college baseball teams will be in our area this year for tournaments than last year, but that doesn't necessarily mean the tournaments will have a bigger economic impact.
Hotels are already packed in Danville because of a motorcycle race at Virginia International Raceway, so some teams are having to stay out of the area and even out of state.
Even so, the schools still expect the tournaments to draw big crowds
May 12-14, Danville Community College is hosting a regional tournament.
May 18-22, Averett University is hosting a regional tournament.
"I've even got players on my team from Northern Virginia and Mississippi. Their parents have to stay down in Greensboro (North Carolina)," DCC head baseball coach John Bailey emphasized.
"The South Regional is big for the area because I think we're going to have people coming to Danville that have never seen Danville or our stadium or Averett University," said Averett Athletics Operations Director Bren Taylor.
Averett is hosting the NCAA Division III South Regional for the first time in nine years.
DCC is hosting the NJCAA Region 10 DIII conference tournament for the second year in a row.
This year, there will be four teams total.
In 2016, there were only two teams.
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