Greenville already seeing positive economic impact from the Yard Gnomes baseball season

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -It’s still early in their inaugural season but that isn’t stopping the Greenville Yard Gnomes baseball team from generating desired summertime revenue within the city.

If you’ve driven past Guy Smith Stadium lately, then you’ve definitely seen Greenville Yard Gnomes fans sporting their vibrant green and yellow as they pile into the stands to cheer on the Gnomes.

“We’ve been told once ECU baseball is done, there’s really no attractions in the area,” said Michael Villafana, Greenville Yard Gnomes General Manager. “We kind of hope we can be the attraction for people to come enjoy a baseball game, have a beer, a hotdog, and just have a night out.”

Villafana says the team is an extension of a student’s collegiate baseball season so it’s constructed of high-level college players from several states.

A nice-sized crowd came out Friday night, to watch the Gnomes in their 18th game of the season that started at the end of May.

More and more people have started to purchase Yard Gnomes apparel, especially at home games.

Villafana and Visit Greenville, NC President & CEO Andrew Schmidt says that’s great for the team’s growth and creating economic impact in the city because it’ll help keep businesses afloat during the summer months.

“We’ve seen it the last two weeks, crowds have gotten bigger since ECU baseball is done and Little League is wrapping up so we’re excited to see more people in the stands,” Villafana said.

“I think our city and residents are really starting to adopt the Yard Gnomes as their team so there’s a lot of excitement and pride in having them here,” Schmidt said.

The Yard Gnomes will be back in action again on their home field of Guy Smith Stadium this Sunday at 5 p.m.