Almost 5,000 softball players, coaches and spectators will be in the Tri-Cities this weekend for the National Softball Association of Washington's Ice Breaker girls fast pitch tournament.
This is one of the association's largest tournaments, with 137 teams from throughout the Northwest.
The Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau said the tournament typically generates an estimated $1.2 million in visitor spending for the local economy. The tournament has been in Tri-Cities for eight consecutive years.
"Excellent service and the quality of the sporting facilities in the Tri-Cities has kept them returning to our community for nearly a decade," said Kris Watkins, president and CEO of the visitor bureau.
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Play begins today with finals on Sunday. A total of 31 fields in Kennewick, Pasco and Richland will be used for the 411 games.
A complete list of the games can be found at www.nsawa.com.
A portion of this year's proceeds will be donated to the Oso landslide families.