EUGENE, Ore. — Swede Johnson Stadium at North Eugene High School will be seeing lots of action this weekend. The American Legion Northwest Regional Baseball Tournament starts Thursday and businesses around the area are expecting bigger crowds than normal to walk through their doors.
The Eugene Challengers will host the five-day tournament for the first time. Teams will visit from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Washington.
Team President Dale Hartley says big crowds are expected; so big, that extra bleachers were brought in to a stadium that already seats about 800 people.
Big crowds mean big money and businesses were glad to be involved.
“We’ve got a lot of great support from local businesses, businesses that already support our organization but we’ve had an inflow of businesses that want to be a part of this event especially,” Hartley said.
Hartley says it’s estimated the tournament will help bring nearly $1 million to the local economy.
Area restaurants plan to open earlier and stay open later if needed. The owner of Cal’s Donuts says you don’t have to be a baseball fan to be excited about what’s happening.
Games kick off in the morning and the Eugene Challengers will take the field at 8 p.m.