Monday, August 15, 2011

How many rooms booked by the visitors for the World Series?

These are the number are "booked" rooms as a result of the World Series as the individuals I spoke with stated, "These are the rooms booked for 10 days and if they lose, then the number of rooms booked will decrease."

Pool Play is through Wednesday where all 9 teams will be here.  The playoff round starts on Thursday afternoon, so 4 teams most likely be leaving/checking out on Thursday mid-day leaving 5 teams in the hotels.  After Thursday's games, 2 teams will be eliminated so one could figure that those 2 teams will be leaving/checking out on Friday mid-day.

Looks like there are 7 nights guaranteed that the 9 teams will be in hotel rooms and that's if they all checked in on August 11th and not Friday during the day before 3pm on the 12th.  Some teams could leave on Wednesday as a result of their pool play coming to an end and not qualifying for Thursday's playoff round.  5 teams will be here for at least 8 nights and and 3 teams here for at least 9 nights as I am banking on the other team being Winchester for Thursday and Friday's playoff rounds.

Bryant, AR coaches stated on Sunday "We travel pretty well, about 75"

So if you use the average of 3.2 people per room x 23 = 73.6, so that is pretty accurate for the Arkansas team.

If you figure 151 rooms x 3.2 comes out to about 483 visitors.  Make note I am sure those tournament officials are staying 1 per room so I would venture to guess 400-500 visitors (including team members and fans) is pretty much in the ballpark of who has traveled into Winchester for the World Series.

My question is this, wonder why the World Series committee did not try to put 2 teams per Winchester Hotel so that the City of Winchester could of gained more tax revenue since the City of Winchester is footing the entire bill for this World Series?

(70) rooms booked in Frederick County Hotels:

(18) Aloft at $85 per night (Mineral Area, MO)

(23) Country Inn Suites at $83 per night (Bryant, AR)

(14) Courtyard by Marriott at $99 per night (Williamette Valley, OR)

(15) Fairfield Inn at $119 per night (New Milford, CT)

(81) rooms booked in City of Winchester Hotels:

(15) Hilton Garden at $129 per night (Elk Grove, CA)

(15) Wingate Inn at $80.77 per night (Glen Allen, VA)

(13) Hampton-Inn North at $120 per night (West Raleigh, NC)

(20) Hampton-Inn University at $120 per night (Lexington, KY)

(18) George Washington Hotel at $119 per night (both tourney officials and Bel Air, MD is staying here)

Wonder how many excursions were booked by August 4th?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Good luck to all of the teams in the 10U Cal-Ripken World Series

Best of luck to all World Series teams and hope all of the visiting families enjoy their stay in Winchester.

Hope the baseball God's bless our local area with some great weather from August 13-20th.

The Winchester Star has a special web-page devoted to the World Series which can be found at the following link:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

What's the final price tag going to be for hosting the World Series by the WPRD?

Just more random thoughts about the cost of the World Series, does not the local residents of Winchester deserve to know what the real cost is in hosting such an event?

Information cited from Winchester Star article on Saturday:

A costly endeavor
The World Series, however, doesn't come cheap. 
Veach said he is on pace to spend about $218,000 to operate the tournament. That includes the $45,000 paid to the Babe Ruth organization for the contract.
Another $60,600 in capital expenditures went toward upgrades at Yost Field, some of which Veach said would have been needed soon regardless. 
If revenue projections from items such as ticket, souvenir and concession sales are reached, Veach said, he thinks the tournament will net about $30,000 for the parks department. 
Natalie Loudan stated she has spent around 20 hours a week on the World Series for about the last 18 months.

Referencing Mrs. Loudoun statement after its calculated, that works out to about 1512 hours worked by Mrs. Loudoun and if one would figure a labor rate of $10-$15 per hour that comes out in the ballpark of $15,120-$22,680.

Now how many hours have been logged by the Winchester Park and Recreation department employees who are paid by the citizenry of Winchester and how much of the payroll has been devoted to the World Series so far?

Seriously, how much is this really costing the taxpayers of Winchester to host such event?  And don't forget, the City has only 3 kids on the team.

Winchester Baseball serves up to 4 local counties representing up to 156,117 population and then when you throw in the two WV counties that bumps up the population to 194,016

Population figures:
City of Winchester - 26,203
Frederick County - 78,305
Clarke County - 14,034
Warren County - 37,575
Hardy County, WV - 14,205
Hampshire County, WV - 23,964

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

SU's Spirit of Shenandoah campaign (as of May 9, 2010)

The following information was collected from SU's Spirit of Shenandoah campaign site link back on May 9, 2010.

Campaign Progress
Overall Campaign Goal: $65.0 million
Raised to Date: $65.1 million 
The overall campaign goal is comprised of the following:

Capital Gifts
The Spirit of Shenandoah campaign seeks philanthropic gifts in support of several building projects—all of which will enhance the experience for Shenandoah students, and, in many cases, members of the community as well. These capital projects include Halpin-Harrison Hall (a new home for the School of Business), Brandt Student Center, a new athletic center and renovations to Armstrong Hall.
Capital Gifts Goal: $29.5 million
Raised to Date: $18.3 million

A robust endowment is a sure sign of an institution’s strength and vitality. The Spirit of Shenandoah campaign seeks philanthropic gifts that will build the endowment to a higher level, enabling the university to establish chairs and professorships and to provide additional scholarships and financial aid to deserving students.
Endowment Goal: $32.0 million
Raised to Date: $16.6 million

From day to day and from year to year, Shenandoah must keep the lights on, maintain our beautiful campus, upgrade technology, compensate staff and faculty, and so much more. Contributions to the Shenandoah University Annual Fund help the university stay vibrant and on course while also allowing for innovative thinking, new programs and a promising future. Annual Fund gifts are particularly critical during the Spirit of Shenandoah campaign, because we must never lose sight of our day-to-day needs. 
Operational Goal: $3.5 million
Raised to Date: $30.2 million
About The Campaign
The Spirit of Shenandoah is the most significant fund-raising effort in the history of Shenandoah University. It is a comprehensive campaign that will elevate our institution to a new level of prominence, and it has been quietly building momentum with the generous assistance of many leadership donors who have made Shenandoah their philanthropic priority.

The campaign is motivated by an ambitious master plan developed by faculty, students, administrators and trustees. It enumerates our goals, augments our strengths and addresses the challenges we face as an educational institution in the new millennium. We realize we must better serve our students, alumni and faculty. We also recognize our responsibility to serve our community, region and world. Everything we do at Shenandoah is ultimately about giving students the knowledge, the ethical foundation and the skills to make something special of their lives. The Spirit of Shenandoah is the exciting endeavor that will honor our mission and shape a spectacular future for the university we all cherish.
The Spirit of Shenandoah

$8-13 million
$5-8 million
$9.5-20 million
$7 million
$32 million
$3.5 million
Spirit of Shenandoah Goal
$65 million