HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -The Rasing Cane’s Spring Classic Soccer Tournament is expected to bring in over 7,000 people to the hub city this weekend.
“The restaurants are getting tons of business," explained Catie Lyles, tournament director. “We let them know ahead of time that they are going to get business. Sweet Peppers on Lincoln, we let them know a month ahead that it’s coming so they get prepared. There are just people everywhere in the community today. Some went to the Mardi Gras parade and some will go to the zoo, so having this many people in town is just great.”
The 146 teams, coaches, families and spectators, are estimated to bring in almost 1.8 million dollars.
“The more economic impact just lets the city be able to spend more money on different things and even give back to the parks and recreation department,” said Lyles. “Just more money brought in, the money gets distributed throughout the city but hopefully some of it comes back to parks and recreation.”
Most of the spending is believed to be spent on food, hotels, and gas. It’s estimated that spectators will spend around $600, 000 600 on food, over $200,000 on hotels and around $40,000 on gas.
“One of the biggest things for me is it’s just getting out in the community,” said Hattiesburg Youth Soccer Association Executive Director, Drew Siders. I feel like this is a great way for the community and the restaurants and local businesses to realize how important of an organization we are to the community."