SHELBY, N.C.-- Shelby is hosting the American Legion World Series August 12. The baseball games will generate national exposure and millions of dollars for the local economy.
Eddie Holbrook is the series organizer and says work crews still have to install stadium lights, a new scoreboard, and improve the turf. He says they'll be working 16 to 18 hours a day until next Friday.
“We had a vision for what we wanted it to be, so I guess anytime you look at what your vision is you don't realize the amount of man hours it will take you to get to that point,” said Holbrook.
Shelby last hosted the American Legion World Series back in 2008. City leaders say the series generated more than four million dollars for the local economy. They estimate this years games will generate more than $5 million.
City leaders say the games will be aired on ESPN3.
This year's games will start on Friday August 12 and will last through August 16.