American Legion Baseball Tournament Kicks Off in Utica

By Kody Fisher

Published 07/30 2014 06:15PM

Updated 07/30 2014 06:22PM

There’s going to be a whole slew of games through the weekend at Murnane field in Utica for the New York State American Legion baseball Championship tournament.  


This tournament brings in players, teams and families from all across New York and this tournament should be a big boost the Utica economy.


American legion baseball said the tournament should bring in around a million dollars to the Utica area.


Parents and coaches said that so far the tournament and Utica are a perfect fit.


"I think its showcasing Utica very well.  The campus is beautiful, the fields are beautiful, the hotels are sold out, so I know it’s been a great benefit," said parent Anne Ryan.


“Everybody in the community has been very hospitable and we spend money in the restaurants," said parent Jane Rabideau.


“The hotel that we're at, excellent, real good.  We had a great banquet last night," said Corning Grays head coach Bill Steele.


Local hotels and restaurants aren’t the only people getting a boost from the tournament. The Notre Dame JROTC is also getting a huge boost from working concessions.


“It’s our biggest event of the year,” said member Kyle Brown,” when we heard that we got the event again we were extremely excited, because we know its huge for our unit seeing as this is all for profit."


And of course, all the players are looking forward to it.


“It’s a great experience.  This is the first time I’ve really seen this field.  I've been to Utica a few times and it’s a great city," said Saratoga Stampede player Danny Hobbs.


The organizers say it’s also a perfect opportunity for family’s right here in Utica who like to see good baseball to come down to Murnane field this weekend to watch a game. 

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