The Bert Massey Sports Complex will see much more action this spring and summer thanks to an agreement with Travel Sports Baseball LLC.
As part of an agreement with TSB, Brownwood will host three baseball tournaments in April, May and June, which City of Brownwood Sports Coordinator Roland Soto said would be a significant boost to area restaurants, gas stations and hotels.
“That is the moving target we focus on, especially the hotel rooms,” Soto said. “… When an event like that comes to town, as my parents would say, ‘The minute you leave the house, you are spending money.’ That’s the key. The minute they get away from home, and get into town, they are going to need these things.”
Travel Sports Baseball organizes tournaments and other baseball and softball events throughout the year. The first tournament in Brownwood will be the TSB April Fools Tournament April 14th and 15th, then the National Youth Baseball Championship Qualifier tournament May 19th and 20th and the TSB Summer Slam June 16th and 17th. Soto said he met with TSB officials at the suggestion of a parent, whose child plays for the Stephenville Sox travel baseball team.
“It really started with a phone call,” Soto said. “We got them to come out and take a look at the fields. They had a scout come out to look at the fields and he saw them while we were setting up for the 12 and under state tournament last year. We had a lot of volunteers getting things ready to go and he saw the fields were in great shape.”
Soto said tourism revenue from sporting events as a major factor upsurge of hotel-motel tax revenue.
“Last year, just the numbers we were able to track on events put us at just over 1,500 hotel room nights and we’re estimating $400,000 into the local economy,” Soto said. “… This past year we were able to see an increase in hotel occupancy tax collected by the city of Brownwood hotels. We saw our biggest year, possibly since we’ve been tracking it.
“We finished at $413,000 this year just in tax money from our local hotel nights. A lot of that lines up with what we were reporting and brought in extra as far as sports events.”