Thousands of people will be coming to the capital city for the 2012 ASA Girls' 16 and under National Softball Tournament. City leaders say its more than putting Montgomery on the map for sports, but bringing more revenue into local businesses.
Around 150 teams and families are in Montgomery for the softball tournament, and business owners say they can't wait for the economic boost it will bring. Softball players from more than 35 states are rolling in to the capital city.
"I'm excited, because we get to play a lot of new teams, a lot of good teams here," says player Sierra Whitlock from Virginia.
For the first time, the ASA Girls' 16 and under National Softball Tournament is being held in Montgomery, and it's expected to draw anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 people. But when the teams aren't hitting the field, they'll be around town spending money.
"You're eating out every day. Morning, noon and night. Paying for a room, and gas to get here," says parent Tim Garner.
"We may go to the mall or something," says player Peyton Delgallo.
And business like My Place on Eastern Blvd say they're gearing up for an influx of customers. They say tournaments like these make a huge difference in their bottom line.
"That's an amazing flow of people coming through here. Flow of different people that will get a chance to serve, and hopefully let them see our venue and see some of our food and taste some of our food," says Manager Taujuanna Ware.
Mayor Todd Strange says the Softball Tournament is a huge opportunity for the city. Not just because it will spike sales in Montgomery and surrounding areas this week, but will open doors in the future.
"They'll play good ball, but they'll also see our city. They're spending big money, but the really important thing is when they have a good experience here," Strange says. "They'll go and tell others, and then the next tournament and the next tournament, and the next will come back."
The games start Monday morning, and will last through August 5. If you want to catch a game, the tournament is being held across the city at Lagoon, Fain, Buddy Watson and Thompson parks.