WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — America’s favorite pastime is in different phases of a comeback across the country, its return in Lycoming County is a welcome sight for fans and businesses alike.
Seats at baseball stadiums across Lycoming County are empty right now but that’s about to change.
There’s still no telling when fans or games will be returning to South Williamsport for the Little League World Series. That event that brings in roughly 70,000 people from around the world and millions of dollars to local business didn’t happen last year.
Lycoming county chamber of commerce president Jason Fink says that would be even more crushing this year.
“You know last year was a devastating year four, the hospitality industry, you compound out with no Little League World Series and a number of other things that just didn’t take place, you know from the economic impact of it it’s pretty significant.”
There’s cautious optimism that both will return as the tourism and small business industry in the area has taken major blows from the last year without baseball.
“We need it. Last year was a devastating year for the hospitality industry. You compound that with no little league world series and a number of other things that didn’t take place–from the economic impact of it, it’s pretty significant,” Fink said.
It’s one month and a day away from the Crosscutters first game as they take their new venture in the MLB’s draft league.
No longer an affiliate for just the Philadelphia Phillies, there’s excitement about getting back to Bowman Field.
“We’re extremely excited to get back to what we do present baseball games and all of the hoopla around them before the game after the game, and in between innings,” said Gabe Sinicropi, VP of marketing, public relations, Williamsport Crosscutters.
The Crosscutters staff believes that more vaccines, the desire to travel, and more than 600 days without a game at the stadium, should help bring a healthy amount of fans back and boost the economy.