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Jul 26, 2013 2:34 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Businesses Booming While TAAF Games are in Town

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation's "Games of Texas" are underway. Events are taking place at 15 venues across the city. One location is Cabaniss Field where the track and field events are taking place this weekend. The event is attracting tens of thousands of people to the coastal bend and in turn raking in revenue for the city.

Matt Torres, an employee at Mira's Sports and More store on Ayers says sales are racking up.

"It's been really good, we've had boys teams, softball teams, track and field and swimming teams come into the store," says Torres.

He says being just seconds away from Cabaniss Field is a big plus. It helps that a large range of the TAAF games are being held there, drawing huge crowds from all parts of Texas and bringing in big bucks for Corpus Christi.

"Our convention of visitors bureau estimates 8 and 9 million dollars will be spent in our economy over this weekend," Mike Morris, Director of Parks and Recreation said.

Morris says this is the second year the games have been held in Corpus Christi and this time more people are here and spending more money.

"Everyone benefits the restaurants, the businesses are busy, hotels are busy, generates tax revenue for the city as well," Morris added.

No doubt, businesses like Mira's have stayed busy. Torres says they've been having so many customers that they had to open their doors half an hour early, the doors opened Friday at nine to be ready for customers but they usually open at 9:30 in the morning.

He says athletes come in looking for everything, socks, belts, gloves, you name it, he says they want to be as accommodating to all of their customers.

The games go until Sunday and with about 25 thousand people in town, Morris says you'll want to get there early to enjoy the events. Gates at Cabaniss Field open at seven in the morning.

The baseball competition will be held at the Oso Pony Fields on Saturday and Sunday. The games begin at nine in the morning.

Boxing matches will be held at the Ben Garza Gym. The events there begin at one in the afternoon.

Skateboarding tournaments will be held at Cole Park's skate park starting at 9 A.M. on Saturday and Sunday.

The HEB Tennis Center will host tennis tournaments tomorrow and Sunday. Those matches will begin at 8 A.M.

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