CHESTERTON | A baseball tournament set to begin Thursday at Chesterton High School is expected to fill as many as 700 hotel room nights and pump thousands of dollars into the local economy, according to Porter County tourism officials.
The Babe Ruth Ohio Valley Regional Tournament features 12 teams from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Indiana Dunes Tourism, Porter County's tourism bureau, secured nearly 100 hotel rooms in Chesterton, Porter, Portage and Valparaiso for four nights to accommodate the players and coaches.
Officials said families of the participants are expected to fill another 70 hotel rooms each night.
“Anytime a tournament like this comes to the area, it impacts the whole county because we have people staying in different communities and doing activities throughout all of Porter County,” Indiana Dunes Tourism niche market director Angela Pasyk said in a press release.
Pasyk will set up an information booth to answer visitors’ questions and guide them attractions like the Indiana Dunes, Portage 16 IMAX, and Valparaiso attractions like Zao Island, 49er Drive-In Theatre, Hoosier Bat Co. and Inman’s Recreation Center.
The tournament is open to spectators for a small fee.