The Southside is an ever popular spot for sports tournaments.

Seattle, Sept 5, 2006: Softball players from 136 teams spanning 34 states invaded Seattle Southside and helped pump an estimated $2.3 million in direct expenditures into the economy during the recent 16A Amateur Softball Association National Championships held in Tukwila, Kent and Federal Way from July 31 through August 6.

The seven day tournament included 1600 players competing for the title of the 2006 Girl’s 16A National Champions. The tournament proved to be a winner not only for the champions, the Orange County Batbusters of California, but also for the businesses and economy of Seattle Southside, generating an estimated $850,000 in hotel revenue and 8,500 room nights for area hotels.

The tournament was held at Starfire Sports Complex and Fort Dent Softball Complex in Tukwila, Russell Road Softball Complex in Kent, and Celebration Park in Federal Way. Some local teams faired well in the championships with Acers Glenn of Auburn tying for 9th place and Absolute Blast from Bremerton tying for 17th place.

Seattle Southside will also be home to the 2006 Senior Softball World Championships from September 7 – 17, 2006. After hosting the Senior Softball Western National Championship in 2005, the organization will be back for their tournament of tournaments, bringing over 220 teams from across the nation and from as far away as Japan. The tournament is capable of bringing in an estimated 12,500 room nights and around $25 million to the local economy.

Seattle Southside Visitor Services serves as the Office of Tourism for the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Kent and Des Moines. Just 15 minutes south of Downtown Seattle and minutes from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle Southside is an ideal sports tournament destination in Western Washington.