The Asia-Pacific-Middle East Junior, Senior and Big League regional tournament organizing committee has narrowed down its hotel choices that will be temporary house the delegates during the event that Saipan will be hosting this July.
Another option for the committee is to use Marianas High School as an athletes’ village since it would be more convenient to all teams because it is near the Francisco M. “Tan Ko” Palacios Baseball Field.
Tournament director and former CNMI Little League district administrator James Ada said they are looking at all possible options that would be more convenient to all participating teams during their weeklong stay on Saipan.
He has also instructed accommodation and hosting committee head Annie Flores and organizing committee secretary-treasurer Lynn Duenas to look at the best hotel and at the same time coordinate with the Public School System on the cost of using MHS.
At least 17 teams, spread out in the three divisions, are expected to compete in the regional tournament, which offers one spot each to the Little League World Series held in various states in the mainland.
Teams would start arriving on June 25 and they are set to leave on July 6. The committee said that they are ready to accommodate any team or delegation that wish to come to Saipan at an earlier date.
The organizing committee is set to reserve five rooms per team or a total of 85 hotel rooms for 17 teams. Another 15 rooms will be given to the CNMI delegation. They are still waiting for the final number of participating teams.
The organizing committee is looking at all of their hotel options since most of the big hotels like the Saipan World Resort and Fiesta Resort & Spa are fully booked during the time of the tournament.
Flores and Duenas are also working on securing the deposit for the rooms if the committee chose to house the delegates in a hotel or at MHS.
Food would be bento-style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They would be given to all delegates at the hotel or either before or after their matches at the baseball field. The committee is still waiting for some more caterers to submit their quotations.