Memphis Will Be Buzzing with Youth Baseball over Memorial Day Weekend

Youth baseball teams from nine states will travel to Memphis this Memorial Day weekend to play in the Gameday Baseball Memorial Day Bash. More than 1,000 players on 85 teams will fill the 10 diamonds at Gameday Baseball and additional ball parks in Memphis and Cordova.

Teams from Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee are scheduled to play. “Families, friends, and fans will see great baseball, and plenty of it,” according to Joe Platt, Director of Operations at Gameday Baseball. “There will be lots of excitement at Gameday Baseball, so please come join us.”

Play will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Play will end at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Monday.

The tournaments will provide a big economic boost for the Memphis hospitality industry. For three nights, 52 out-of-town teams will book more than 650 hotel rooms, a total of more than 2,000 room nights.

“Most people don’t realize the important role youth sports plays in local tourism,” said Malvin Gipson, Director of the Memphis Sports Council. “Last year, Gameday directly supported 198 jobs and its total economic impact on our community was $17 million.” The employment numbers and economic impact were included in a December, 2010 economic impact study prepared by Younger Associates.

“Recruiting big tournaments such as the Memorial Day Bash is a team effort,” said Leigh Fox, President of Gameday Baseball. “Thanks to support from Malvin, the Sports Council, and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the entire Gameday team, we are able to attract more visitors each year.”

About Gameday

Gameday Baseball and Gameday Softball are operating entities of the not-for-profit Gameday Healthy Kids Foundation. The Foundation’s mission includes encouraging youth to participate in sports and reducing childhood obesity. Training clinics are held for kids to teach healthy habits and provide sports instruction. The 10-field Gameday complex is located on Fischer Steel Road at Germantown Parkway. For more information visit www.gamedaybaseball.com.