VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Gulf South Conference softball tournament was in full swing in Valdosta Friday afternoon, bringing a huge economic boost to the city.
For the first time in 20 years, the tournament was being held on a conference university campus. For the previous 20 years, the tournament was held at a neutral site.
VSU's Athletic Director, Herb Reinhard, said as of Friday the university had already had around 1500 people show up for the tournament since it began Thursday and the tournament still had two more days to go as of Friday.
Reinhard said the economic impact is exciting. "We've got five teams here plus Valdosta State. Those teams will be here for about four days, so it's a significant number of hotel-motel room nights and a pretty significant amount of economic impact," explained Reinhard.
Reinhard added that not only is the economic impact exciting, but it is also, in a way, an honor to the community for their continued support. He said the community has really embraced the sport of softball and the university actually, as of Friday, lead the conference in softball attendance.