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The Economics of MLB Spring Training

The Economics of MLB Spring Training

April 14, 2021

Major League Baseball Opening Day was April 1, but with COVID-19 things still look a little different this year. The numbers will be down as COVID restrictions remain in place. But it’s a home run compared to last year when the spring training was shut down, which delayed the start of the MLB season until July.1,2   To really get a scope of the effects the coronavirus shutdown has had on baseball, let's take a look at the MLB team's economic impact pre-pandemic. 

Every year, spring training divides the 30 MLB teams into two squads. Half of the teams travel to Florida as part of the Grapefruit League, while the other 15 teams play in Arizona as part of the Cactus League.1

Before the pandemic, the Cactus League would generate $644 million in revenue and create more than 6,000 jobs for the stadiums across central Arizona. Florida would see a comparable economic benefit.1,2 

Seeing the impact MLB has on two states is an excellent reminder to keep supporting your local businesses that continue to manage through the pandemic.

When possible, consider order delivery or takeout directly from local restaurants, and if you can, leave a bigger tip than usual to help support their staff. Also, you might want to buy a few gift cards at your local sandwich shop, restaurant, or another favorite spot. You can use them on future visits or give them away to friends and family.

In uncertain times, the true strength of our communities can shine. By doing what we can to support each other, we can begin to build a way forward.


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1. FoxBusiness.com, March 12, 2021
2. Tourism,AZ.Gov, 2021

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