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Thousands of visitors in Tri-Cities for sporting events

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- This holiday weekend means a big tourism boost for the Tri-Cities.  After months of organizing, the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention efforts have paid off.

Thousands of people in town for several sporting events put on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.  They're having their 3A/4A State Baseball Championships, 1A State Softball Championship, 3A and 4A State Tennis Championships.

Sporting Grounds like the new Southridge Sporting Complex, Columbia Play Fields, Pasco Sporting Complex and Horn Rapids Athletic Complex are filled up. The TC Bureau estimates these events are attracting about 3,500 people to area, and will generate more than $850,000 dollars for our local economy.

The money will be spent here, "at either the local hotels, wineries, they go out shopping at the retail shops and of course the restaurants as well. they're out eating at our local restaurants," says Hector Cruz, the Director of Sports Development for the Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Cruz says our great weather really helps the Tri-Cities win the bids for the events as well as our investment in the sporting facilities like Southridge.