The annual “On the Bosque” baseball tournament will be held in Stephenville the weekend of April 1-2 — and it’s not just fun and games. It also has a big financial impact on the city and county as well.

The E-T asked Deputy City Administrator Jeremy Allen about potential spinoff revenue in the area during the tournament, and he said, “I encourage businesses to staff up. This tournament that the Stephenville Sox is hosting is going to be an amazing event for Stephenville with an estimated 1,800 guests or more over a three-day period as people will start arriving March 31.”

He continued, "The Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department does a great job of preparing the fields for play and that doesn’t go unnoticed to these teams. Besides the rodeo events and of course the Larry Joe Taylor event this may be one of the biggest economic impacts to Stephenville.” 

Below are some numbers Allen supplied on the estimated economic impact of the tournament:

• The tournament will host 50 teams with 12 kids per team = 600 kids

• Family, friends, coaches, umpires, spectators = Estimated 1,200 total guests

Family of 4 that stays in hotel

• Accommodations $300

• Restaurant meals $185

• Groceries $62

• Concessions or other food $50

• Fuel $50

• Other (sporting goods, souvenirs, entertainment, etc.) $150

Total: $797 (Rounded up to $800 estimate)

Family of 4 that does not stay in hotel

• Restaurant meals $185

• Groceries $62

• Concessions or other food $50

• Fuel $50

• Other (sporting goods, souvenirs, entertainment, etc) $150

Total $497 (Rounded up to $500 estimate)

Allen explained, “Let's put this in our perspective for our numbers of a 50-team tournament. It is estimated a party of four spends $500 to $800 for a weekend tournament. Estimate on the low side of the 1,800 visitors — 600 kids plus 1,200 family, friends, coaches, umpires, spectators — which would break out evenly by a family of four to 450 groups of four.

He continued, “225 groups of four based on hotel occupancy for the weekend times $800 equals $180,000.

225 groups that didn’t stay in hotels times $500 equals $112,500

“So we’re looking at an estimated economic impact for this 50-team tournament for the weekend of $292,500.”