Table 1 shows that each tournament alone attracts 445 men, women and children.
These tournaments cater to “travel” teams, and indeed the majority of participants and families do travel from outside of the Fulton County area to attend.
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Table 2 shows that more than 80 percent of attendees travel from outside the area to attend the tournaments.
With 91.2 percent of all attendees traveling from outside of the Fulton County area and 81.4 percent traveling from outside the Capital District region, this would mean that these tournaments over a 9 week span (first week of July through Labor Day) bring 4000 people to the Fulton County area, all but 744 of whom are from outside the Capital Region.
Youth athletes and their families do more than merely attend the tournaments. They stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, purchase gas and groceries, shop for souvenirs and pay for entertainment. The involvement of grandparents and younger siblings ensures that there is an appetite for a variety of different visitor experiences.
Beyond accommodations, the economic impact of these tournaments is spread across several business segments. Table 4 shows that the majority of attending families purchase restaurant meals, gasoline, groceries and other retail products.