Spring training for Major League Baseball is back after being cut short last year and because of the COVID-19 pandemic and while the players and fans are happy for the return so are thousands of local businesses.

Every year, spring training divides the 30 MLB teams in half, with 15 heading to Florida as part of the Grapefruit League, while 15 others travel to stadiums across central Arizona to play in the Cactus League. It's an economic boon for both states.

According to the Arizona Office of Tourism, before the pandemic, the Cactus League would see almost 2 million fans spending on average $644 million dollars and creating more than 6,000 jobs every spring. In Florida, the numbers are similar according to the Flordia Sports Foundation with spring training have a $687 million dollar impact.

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