Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr on Tuesday announced the City of Cheyenne will host the National World Series Under-18 baseball tournament for the Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) in August.
Orr was joined by Cheyenne Mustangs President Chris Lucas and Mustangs Coach Rick Thompson for the announcement. The Mustangs are one of more than 5,000 teams which are a member of the CABA.
“This is great news for our community,” Mayor Orr said during a press conference. “The City is proud to partner with the Cheyenne Mustangs to bring this tournament to Cheyenne and our hope is that this will be a long-term relationship.”
The nine-day tournament, slated to begin on August 4, is expected to bring 16 teams to Cheyenne as far away as California and western Canada. Orr said the economic benefit to the city could exceed $1 million.
Visit Cheyenne President Darren Rudloff concurred estimating the direct impact to be at least $1.1 million. “Plus it will generate over $100 thousand in local tax revenue,” Rudloff said. “That’s why a baseball tournament of this size isn’t just something nice for baseball fans, it will really benefit the entire economy.”
Organizers of the World Series said they were most impressed with Cheyenne’s facilities crediting the Cheyenne City Parks and Recreation with providing top-class fields and viewing for players and spectators.
“Your facilities are outstanding,” Tournament Director Steve Avila said specifically mentioning Powers Field. “They’re among the best in North America. It’s a perfect fit for the tournament.”
Jason Sanchez, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Cheyenne, said the city’s reputation for its park system is well-known. “Groups who have held tournaments here have touted what great baseball amenities we have,” Sanchez said.
“Today’s announcement is another example of an outside organization recognizing our world-class facilities. We’re very proud.”
Organizers said the number of hotels, restaurants, and activities in Cheyenne also factored into their selection. They noted the city’s 150th anniversary celebration and county fair activities — which will be going on at the same time — will be an extra bonus for the travelers during the week. ##