Little League visitors spend big in Warner Robins
The Little League Softball Southeastern Region Tournament began Thursday as thousands of people arrived in Warner Robins to root on their teams, and spend money.
"This is just a big experience for everyone, and I just can't wait to see the outcome of it," said softball mom Kim Lowe, who traveled from Wilkes County, North Carolina, with her family to cheer for her daughter.
Lowe says most families arrived in Warner Robins Wednesday and immediately began shelling money into the local economy, buying hotel rooms, gas, movie tickets, and food.
"We did go to the grocery store to buy snacks and stuff to feed the girls and my son during the day, but then at night we all go out to eat as a team," Lowe said.
According to our media partner The Telegraph, The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce expects the softball tournament, and the baseball tournament taking place later this Summer, to generate $1.7 million in revenue to the region.
Lowe says she has set a budget of $1,000 for her stay in Warner Robins, while other parents are taking a more liberal approach to their spending.
"If you ever make a budget for trip, you can't ever stay within it anyhow," said Matt Adams, visiting from Kingstree, South Carolina.
Adams says he'll likely end up spending up to $3,000 during his stay.
The chamber expects 8,000 visitors in the area for the tournaments.