BROOKHAVEN — It is being called arguably the biggest sports-related economic boost in Southwest Mississippi, ever.
The Lincoln County Civic Center Baseball Complex will play host to the Dixie Youth World Series from July 18-21. The event will bring together dozens of baseball teams from six states across the South for a series of tournaments covering the 6-7 and 9-11 age groups. The states that will be represented are Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.
“The invitational World Series hosted here in Lincoln County in southwest Mississippi will be one of the largest destination events hosted in this area,” said Quinn Jordan, who manages the complex in Brookhaven. “We’re expecting between 44 and 50 teams with their ability to win their way into the series, thus creating between 1,500 to 2,000 family units coming into the area for the three-day weekend.”
It is a project for which Jordan, vice chairman of the Lincoln County Civic Center Commissioners Pat McCullough and chairman Dr. William Kimble have been preparing for a long time.
“This was our goal that we obtained a lot faster and a lot more exciting than we thought that we ever could,” Jordan said. “From the beginning — from the planning stages — our goal was to host this series.
“To be able to tell the public this is what we want to build, this is how we are going to manage it, this is how we are going to run it and this is our goal and to bring it to fruition, was to me as a manager one of the most exciting things.”
McCullough echoed this, saying that hosting the Dixie Youth World Series was 10 years in the making. “It tickles us to death that we are sitting here and all of our plans have come together.”
The four-day event will consist of more than just baseball games. A number of skill events including hitting competitions, around-the-horn competitions and diamond dashes will take place on the first day.
To accommodate the many games that need to be played simultaneously, four of the five fields at the civic center will be used along with the four smaller fields at the neighboring Hansel King Sports Complex. The fifth field at the Lincoln County complex will be used for emergency purposes in case of inclement weather.
And while he is unsure of a ballpark figure, Jordan remains confident that the economic impact of the event will be huge for not only southwest Mississippi but also stretches of Louisiana down the Interstate 55 corridor to Hammond with the number of available hotel rooms along the route.
“We have not put a number on that because it is so hard to get your hands around,” he said. “Directly for the Civic Center, it will probably be around a $120,000 inflow of cash with expense associated with that. We anticipate seeing a huge local economic impact not only for Lincoln County but for southwest Mississippi.”
The event will also feature a hospitality area located between the two complexes. It will include a sports medicine tent and a hospitality tent for the coaches and officials run by local service clubs. The Brookhaven Lions Club and the Brookhaven Rotary Club donated funds to help fund the tent.
Those who can’t attend but want to follow the action can do so with the Game-changer app. Fans can also get more information about the event using the Attendify app. They will have access to brackets, a map of the facility, live results and any information in case of a rain delay.
Jordan adds that plenty of parking will be available at the facility and that he is still in search of workers to help.
“We need volunteers to help with field prep and the hospitality tent,” he said.
Those interested can call Jordan at (601) 757-8400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.