Advocate editorial board opinion: Baseball has an impact on Victoria economy
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What a great way to advertise Victoria. Associate our city with the American sport of baseball.
We have that opportunity with one of the six teams from the Texas Collegiate League - the Victoria Generals. We think we are fortunate to have this team bearing our city's name each summer season.
Why are we fortunate? The team not only offers great entertainment for the entire family, it brings in other teams, fans and families, which equate to an impact on our economy.
Hotel and motel rooms are booked, restaurants are frequented and other retail stores benefit. The League's summer season begins June 1 and offers numerous games with great college players through August.
You might think the Generals don't have that big of an effect on the economy of a city our size - about 65,000.
2011 summer attendance figures show the Generals' games were well attended at a total of 22,961. That's an average of 740 attending per game for the 31 games the team played.
We think that is significant, and the fan base is growing.
The Brazos Valley Bombers had a total of 42,912 total attendance - a record for the League. We see the Generals moving up to those kinds of attendance figures. Thursday, both the Generals and the Bombers met, ending the Generals' regular season play.
If you haven't gone to a Generals game, you should because the team has great players, and they provide great baseball. And it is great entertainment for the entire family, so be sure to show your support when summer 2012 rolls around.
The League has more than 250 players from 91 different colleges and universities. Players come from a variety of campuses, including Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Cal State Fullerton, Dallas Baptist, Houston, Long Beach State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, Pacific, Rice, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas-Arlington, Texas State, Texas Tech, Wichita State and others according to the League's website - texascollegiateleague.com.
Thank you, Generals for being in and part of our community. We are fortunate to have you here.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.