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.
As Table 3 shows, 83 percent of all families attending the tournaments pay for some form of accommodations by staying in hotels/motels, campgrounds, rental properties and bed & breakfasts.
Table 3 – Accommodations
Those families staying in hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts typically occupy multiple rooms, 1.7 on average.
Altogether, families attending the tournaments will occupy more than 353 hotel, motel and bed and breakfast rooms per night.
These youth tournaments last for four days so that teams can have multiple games and compete in championships. This ensures that players and their families stay in the region for multiple nights….and average of 3 nights.
These multiple day, multiple room stays ensure that one of the biggest areas of direct spending is for accommodations. The average family visiting from outside the Capital District spends approximately $439 on accommodations while in the region.