Grand Slam World Series of Baseball brings profit to PCB

By Keneisha Deas | kdeas@wmbb.com

Published 07/24 2016 10:19PM

Updated 07/24 2016 10:19PM

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Some teams have gotten a head start Sunday as tomorrow kicks off the last session of the Grand Slam World Series of Baseball.
 
This means a huge score in profits for Panama City Beach and businesses nearby.
 
"Each one of these teams travels with 45 about people so the economic impact for our area is huge," said Visit Panama City Beach Public Relations Manager David Demarest.
 
Despite the recent rain, the series will be held at the newly renovated Frank Brown Park.
 
"That's part of sports you know you're outdoors so you know the weather is going to be an element. So that's what makes us a popular destination. We really generally, have great weather park," said Demarest.
 
Demarest estimates $3.5 million will be made this week.
 
The North Texas Titans from Dallas will be joining several other teams.
 
Head Coach Shawn Buris said it's his first time playing in this year's series.
 
"We're excited. We're going to look to come out and win as many games as we can and hopefully take the championship back to Dallas," said Buris.
 
First-pitch outfielder Isaac Ruvina says he's ready too.
 
"I feel like if we play at our full potential, we can take this," said Ruvina.
 
Demarest added the sports here generate more than 100-thousand room nights per year, and with an annual economic gain of $75 million.
 
"You've got your family your friends, you've got your teams. They're all eating at the restaurants they're shopping at the grocery stores ... they're paying the bed tax which goes into 'renourishing' our beaches and doing a lot of wonderful things for the local economy," said Demarest.
 
More than eighty teams are participating. 
 
The last day for the series ends next Sunday.

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