Baseball spring camps bring ¥8.8 billion boost

Ryugin Research Institute Ltd. that has studied the impact of the annual pro-baseball spring training camps on the local economy announced the conclusion of their study on Jul. 3rd.

According to the institute, the economic effect of the 2014 pro baseball spring training camps was ¥8.88 billion. It also calculated that the impact in 2014 was 8.8.% higher than previous year and the highest on record since 2003, the earliest year the data exists.

Apart from the increase in the number of baseball teams holding their spring training camps here, the institute calculated that the camps attracted 319,500 more tourists to the prefecture, also an increase of 8.9%.

In 2014, ten teams held their camp here, one more than last year.