Hundreds of baseball fans are arriving in Prince Edward island as the Senior and Master Men's Canadian Fast Pitch Championships officially get underway Tuesday in Charlottetown.
The games are the main attraction, but several events were planned for Monday night to welcome participants.
Beginning at 6 pm at Central Field, a fast pitch team made of up players participating in the Championships will be playing a friendly game against Prince Edward Island's Special Olympics softball team. The game is followed by a Home Run Derby.
The 2014 Canadian Fast Pitch Championships run from Tuesday to Sunday, August 31.
Charlottetown officials are looking forward to the economic spin off of hosting a national sporting event.
Wayne Long is the events development officer for the city.
“This event is softball Canada's premiere event. The event brings a great impact to our destination,” he says. “Just looking at the lay of the land for this particular event this coming year, the event will stimulate somewhere in and around $450,000 to $500,000 in economic impact and it will be a great event as we move toward a transitional time in the tourism season which is labour day weekend.”
Between the players, and the officials, Long estimates there will be about 350 people directly taking part in the tournament. He says Charlottetown has hosted eight major sport tourism events this year.
All games will take place at Central Field Complex in Charlottetown.