1Baseball players from around the world will convene in Lee County for the 28th annual Roy Hobbs Baseball World Series from Oct. 22 to Nov. 19. Over the course of the four-week tournament, a total of 240 teams of adult, amateur baseball players will compete within seven divisions, taking the fields in five Lee County sports complexes, including Terry Park, City of Palms Park, JetBlue Park, the Lee County Player Development Complex and the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

One of four Roy Hobbs events held in Fort Myers annually, last year’s Roy Hobbs World Series had a direct economic impact of more than $8 million for Lee County over the course of the tournament, according to Jeff Mielke, executive director, Lee County Sports Development. The 2016 event will feature 28 days of baseball for Roy Hobbs’ 28th World Series, which has been hosted in Lee County for the past 24 years.

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Operated by Lee County Parks and Recreation, Lee County’s five county-owned baseball complexes play host to more than 200 days of amateur baseball tournaments a year when they aren’t being used for spring training games. The estimated economic impact of these events is $50 million annually.

Named after fictional baseball hero Roy Hobbs as depicted in the book, “The Natural,” by Bernard Malamud, the Roy Hobbs Baseball annual World Series in Fort Myers has grown from 54 teams in 1993 to a total of 240 expected teams this fall. The tournament will feature amateur player divisions for men ages 30 and up, with divisions up to ages 75 and older. For more information, visit www.royhobbs.com/world-series.

3Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.