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Junior College softball tournament attracts thousands to Clinton

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CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The City of Clinton is being impacted by thousands of people in town for the National Junior College Division 2 National Championship.

Ten different states represented by junior college fast pitch softball teams made their way to the City of Clinton. Parks and Recreation Director Cole Smith said the tournament is bringing in thousands of people and thousands of dollars.

"We are talking about nearly half million dollar economic impact over four days from these teams and participants coming out," said Smith. "Not only that, it's promoting our businesses and hotels throughout the city."

"Yes, our hotel is full and we are glad to have it full," said Hampton Inn General Manager Allen Boykin. "We are glad to have this tournament here. It brings great business to our hotel and the City of Clinton."

Boykin said he has been serving customers in the Clinton location for 10 years. He said every year this tournament is held, hundreds of rooms are booked and they have to turn business away.

"We are going to expect 1500 to 2000 people per day, added Smith. "This will be our 5th year hosting it and we will also have it through 2017. We will place another bid to have it in 2018 through 2020."

Smith said Clinton is the only city in the state of Mississippi to host a collegiate national championship for NJCAA or NCAA. Traceway Park is also home to Mississippi Brilla, the only Professional Development soccer league in our state, which will continue games through the summer.

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