Softball tournament expected to pump $1M into economy

TRI-CITIES VISITOR AND CONVENTION BUREAU NEWS RELEASE -- The Tri-Cities tourism industry will hit another homerun this week when the National Softball Association (NSA) Girls Fastpitch State Championship begins Friday, June 27. Coaches, spectators and players totaling 4,500 visitors from throughout Washington will be contributing an estimated $1,336,500 in visitor spending to the local economy this weekend. Fields in Pasco, Kennewick and Richland will be used by 126 teams with players ranging in age from 10-18 years old.

"We are proud to partner with the National Softball Association to bring this high-quality, city-wide tournament to the Tri-Cities for the 7th consecutive year," said Kris Watkins, President and CEO of the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau. "In the month of June, the Tri-Cities has hosted 12 different sporting events including swim meets; softball and baseball tournaments; and a bass fishing tournament totaling 13,287 athletes, fans and family members at an estimated $3,765,960 in visitor spending in our community. Clearly, the investment our community has made in building the facilities to host these events is paying dividends."

For a complete schedule of all the games taking place this weekend, visit the NSA website at For more information on Tri-Cities sports venues, visit the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau website at