For the last nine years, Lebanon has played host to the 14U Continental Amateur Baseball Association’s World Series.
The 10th year for the tournament’s visit to Lebanon begins Thursday with a banquet, an opening ceremony, followed by a home run derby at Veteran’s Field, complete with fireworks.
Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce board chair John Bryan said the economic impact of the tournament has “grown by leaps and bounds” since the inaugural visit to Lebanon.
“It has grown every year since it’s been coming,” he said.
Bryan said there were reports from hotels and restaurants across the city following last year’s tournament that “their sales were up 22 percent” during the seven-day event.
“We can’t put a dollar amount on the impact because it’s too hard to pinpoint,” Bryan said.
He said the return on investment “will be great for the community.”
Lebanon Parks and Recreation Director William Porter said the 2014 tournament will feature 20 teams playing at four sites. The games will take place at Cumberland University, Wilson Central High School, Friendship Christian and Veteran’s Field.
“The city of Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department and William Porter, hats off to them for keeping the fields the way they look,” Bryan said. “We enjoy excellent fields for tournament play here in Lebanon.”
Porter said the public is welcome to attend any of the tournament games, which begin Friday.
“Tickets are $8 for single day or $30 for a tournament pass.” said Porter. “Single-day tickets are good for any field on that day. They can use the same ticket for games at multiple fields.”
Any boy who plays in the Lebanon Youth Baseball leagues can wear his league hat and enjoy free admission, said Porter.