LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - The Babe Ruth World Series wrapped up in Levelland, and city officials say all the hard work really paid off.
For years Levelland has rallied to get the 13-year-old baseball championship, and this year was the first time the games were ever in Texas.
For the last nine days players, parents, and spectators have flooded Levelland for the Babe Ruth World Series. It's an experience the city says, they will never forget. "This incredible energy all of sudden just flew into Levelland and it's been a really amazing experience for us," said the Executive Director of the Levelland Economic Development Corporation Dave Quinn.
Quinn says hosting the world series has paid off in more ways then one. "You have all these different teams and their local papers are printing stories on how nice Levelland is and they are getting some of these comments back from the kids and those are being posted on the Internet, so from an indirect benefit, it's really priceless when you talk about that kind of benefit," said Quinn.
Of course, the economic boost is not bad either. Tushar Bhakta and Rene Heard with the Best Western in town say not a room went unfilled. "Most of time, this week in August we are very slow with the room week, but this week is perfect, we've been booming because of the World Series," said Heard.
Usually this time of year the hotel is only 40% full. "Almost 60% up, you can't beat that, especially in a small community," said Bhakta.
Levelland Mayor Bo Bowman says he is trilled so many from all over the country have been able to make themselves right at home. They've come up to me on a number of occasions and have said this is one of the friendliest towns that we've ever been to.
Now 10 teams are down to two. Torrance, California is up against College Point, New York for the championship, two teams from the opposite side of the country, meeting in Levelland. "I'm proud of the residents of Levelland and what they've done to step up and make it the best World Series ever," said Bowman.