The Babe Ruth World Series is returning to Ottumwa in August

Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 8:54 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The Babe Ruth World Series is coming to Ottumwa next month.

10 teams will be competing from all around the U.S.

Andy Wartenberg, who is the Executive Director of Greater Ottumwa’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the event is expected to make a large economic impact on the area.

“We expect an economic impact of this of over three million dollars. Really we’re looking at this event as sort of a jump start for our covid recovery.”

Wartenberg says additionally there will be permanent improvements to the baseball fields that are intended to last well after the series.

“The city and the Legacy Foundation is helping us with putting WiFi at all the stadiums out there.”

Thomas Batterson, who is a parent from the area, says this event will be a great way to bring revenue to those that missed out last year.

“That’s awesome! That is something that Ottumwa really needs to help out not, just the field area, but the whole community to get outside people coming in and sharing the wealth. Smaller businesses need it a lot too with as much as they’ve missed out on last year as far as revenue.”

The Babe Ruth World Series will take place at the Greater Ottumwa Park from Saturday, August 14th until Saturday, August 21st.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the event or would like more information on ticket prices, visit their website

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