Teams travel across country for softball tournament in Roanoke Valley

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:27 PM EDT
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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - Dozens of teams are in the Roanoke Valley this week for a softball tournament.

The USA Softball 16U & 18U Gold National Championship kicked off Monday.

The teams came from all over the country with the farthest traveling from Oregon.

The City of Salem said the nearly week-long event will fill more than 4,000 hotel room nights and bring a boost to local businesses.

“The most important thing is that we are packing people into our valley when most everybody needs it. Our hotels need it, our restaurants need it. So that’s why we are doing this, that’s why we are in sports marketing,” Salem Parks & Recreation Director John Shaner said.

The championship games will happen Saturday.

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