Youth sports is a growing part of overall tourism. Large tournaments draw hundreds of youngsters and their families to an area for a long weekend or even more. They spend money on food, lodging and entertainment while they are here.
Franklin has looked at making youth sports marketing a specific part of its tourism efforts. Columbus has had significant success in this area, drawing thousands of people to the community for a variety of events throughout the year.
Now GoodSports Enterprises Global of Sarasota, Fla., has proposed building a $22 million hotel and field house with indoor basketball and volleyball courts at the southeast corner of County Line Road and Interstate 65, with the facilities opening in 2015.