YAKIMA, Wash.-- Downtown Yakima was transformed this weekend for the Hot Shots 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament.
Year after Year organizers say they see more people traveling from farther away. This year, is no exception.
This is the 9th year of the event and there's a record 447 teams competing in all age groups this weekend. That comes out to almost 1,800 players. Rich Austin, Director of Sports for the Yakima Valley Sports Commission says it's grown more than 68% in the past 5 years, bringing people from all over the country to Yakima.
They estimate nearly 12,000 players, families and spectators will turn out for the games. A great PR tool to show people all that Yakima has to offer.
"Well it benefits the area because it brings people in. they spend money, they see the Yakima Valley, then they head home hopefully they'll come back and be willing to travel here again," said Austin.
Hot Shots is the second largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the state, behind Spokane's annual Hoopfest. Businesses in Downtown Yakima say it's great to see an increase of visitors like this. People spending money and helping our local economy.
The event starts up again at 9 Sunday morning and runs until 6. It's on Yakima Ave in the heart of downtown and is free for spectators.