YAKIMA, Wash.--It was nearly impossible to find a vacant hotel room or an empty table over the weekend.
Thousands of basketball players and their cheering squads filled the city of Yakima for the 2013 1A and 2A State High School Basketball Championships, and many businesses in the area welcomed them with open arms.
"It increased it quite a bit, I mean probably 50 percent over a normal week so there's a lot of people in town here," said Gary Miner, the manager of Miner's Drive-In Restaurant in Union Gap. "All the motels are full, all the restaurants are full."
"It did a lot," said Jeff Chervany, the general manager of Bob's Burger and Brew. "We saw a 30 percent increase in sales this weekend. We had to hire four people just for this weekend and for the Spring sales coming our way."
In 2011, the tournament raked in $1.9 million. Last year, that amount shot up to more than $2.7 million. If patterns continue, we could see around $3 million flowing through the Yakima community.
"We wish that the tournament would go back to the original format of two weekends so we could see more of it," said Chervany. "We really appreciate it here at Bob's."
"It'd be a great boost to Yakima to get more of these tournaments in this town," said Miner.
The Yakima Valley Visitors and Conventions Bureau are working to secure more sporting events in order to maintain this cash flow throughout the community.