Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 26, 2012
Photographer: Andrew Yousse
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
PHOENIX - Two new studies show spring training baseball contributes $632 million annually to Arizona's economy.
The studies released Monday by the non-profit Cactus League Baseball Association considers the direct impact of spring training involving 15 teams.
For the first time, the association also compiled the impact of the teams' year-round use of their facilities and the community activities that occur at those facilities the remainder of the year after spring training ends.
One study by Tucson-based FMR Associates estimates $422 million in direct economic benefit to Arizona.
The second study conducted by Elliott D. Pollack & Company examined the impact of the teams' use of facilities during the regular and off-season periods plus events the remaining months of the year. The impact is estimated to be at least $210 million annually.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Click on the region names in the map below to see news from that region.
Things To Do
INSIDE: View our list of events happening this week around the Valley.
RIGHT NOW: Top Stories
Silent Witness is offering up to $1,000 for information in the death of a Mesa teen whose body was found in a dumpster.
A member of a search team on Tuesday found two adults and four children who had been missing in the frigid mountains of northern Nevada for the past two days.
Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress on Tuesday to put off more sanctions against Iran at this time, saying "this is a very delicate diplomatic moment."
Walmart is speaking out after a Valley man said he found out the hard way just how to get banned from their stores for life.
Republican and Democratic negotiators reached out for a budget agreement Tuesday to reduce automatic spending cuts aimed at programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon.
Officials at a Colorado school are accusing the boy of sexual harassment after he kissed a classmate on the cheek.