It's time to play ball this week in the Quad Cities, softball that is.
The annual ISC Fastball Men's World Tournament is in town.
As the end of the summer winds down and kids are heading back to school, business at local restaurants and hotels usually starts to slow.
But not this year.
While the players are pitching, hitting, and catching on the field off the field, they're spending money.
"This is a really big deal for the Quad Cities," said Lynn Hunt of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Hunt said 1,200 players from 9 different countries come in town for the event.
Add thousands more managers, family members and fans, and that makes for a 4 million dollar economic impact.
"Through the hotel and the catering, and our restaurants and our other retailers and convenience stores that are gonna see the revenue in business from this tournament, will add up to quite a substantial amount," said Hunt.
Hotels on both sides of the river are hosting players, like the Comfort Inn in Moline.
"We've been busy with the ISC going on in town," said general manager Julie Diekman.
And restaurants like Montana Jacks are trying to keep up with their big appetites.
"We put on extra staff through this entire week," said owner John George.
But what do the players themselves think of the quad cities hospitality?
"The Quad Cities is really nice, the people are really friendly, there's a lot of good shopping, the ball here's been awesome," said Dave Kron of Ontario, Canada.
The Q.C.C.V.B. hopes to host the international tournament again in 2015.
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