A baseball tournament starting Thursday at Chesterton High School featuring a dozen teams from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin is expected to pump tens of thousands of dollars into the local economy.
The Babe Ruth Ohio Valley tourney is set for July 18-21 at Chesterton High School.
Indiana Dunes Tourism secured nearly 100 hotel rooms in Chesterton, Porter, Portage and Valparaiso for four nights to accommodate the players and coaches. And families of the participants are expected to fill another 70 hotel rooms each night.
“Anytime a tournament like this comes to the area, it impacts the whole county because we have people staying in different communities and doing activities throughout all of Porter County,” said Angela Pasyk, Indiana Dunes Tourism niche market director.
Pasyk said Indiana Dunes Tourism is partnering with the Duneland Chamber of Commerce to provide to each visitor a welcome bag, which will include guides to Porter County and coupons.
Indiana Dunes Tourism says studies show the average overnight visitor to Indiana Dunes Country spends $93 per day, so the economic impact of the tournament -- brought to the area by Nick Doud of Porter County Storm and Michelle Miloshoff of Duneland Diamond -- should be tens of thousands of dollars.
The tournament is open to spectators for a small fee.