Going for the Crown | CraigDailyPress.com

Going for the Crown

We support the Moffat County Tourism Association’s desire to bring in more Triple Crown tournaments that could bring a royal economic boost to the area.

While agriculture and mining industries have provided a strong economic backbone to Moffat County, tourism remains a key element.

We strongly support the Moffat County Tourism Association’s push to bring more softball and baseball tournaments to the area over the summer months through Triple Crown Sports.

Triple Crown, which holds larger — and thus more controversial tournaments in Steamboat Springs — already brings an economic shot in the arm through the overflow from our neighbors to the west.

Craig certainly could not be expected to handle the 100-team tournaments that Steamboat Springs hosts, we agree with Association Chairwoman Mikki O’Brien that the area could handle tournaments that included about 10 teams.

Hosting these tournaments would be mean that players and their families would stay in Moffat County hotels, eat at Moffat County restaurants and purchase Moffat County goods and services that would bolster Moffat County tax revenues.

And if we show these families a great time that means they could return to the area later — Triple Crown or not.

We certainly understand the concerns expressed by the Moffat County Commission regarding the drain on staff and facilities, the arrangement would mean revenue to beef up that staff and provide maintenance to those fields.

It also could provide an unexpected and unique marketing tool for the area.

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