Visit South Bend Mishawaka says local sporting events over the weekend will have a combined economic impact of more than $800,000. The organization expects the hockey, cycling, gymnastics and softball competitions to draw around 1,700 visitors.

April 20, 2015

News Release

South Bend, Ind. — The weekend of April 24-26 will see four major sporting events taking place in the South Bend area, with a combined economic impact of $812,449 expected over the few days competitors and spectators will be in town.

“As an event planner in the sports industry, South Bend makes my job easy,” says Kelsey Detweiler, sports information director with the National Club Softball Association. “Outside of the top-notch facilities that are available to run our tournaments, the city has an unlimited number of restaurant and hotel options conveniently located near one of the oldest and truest universities in the nation. Coming to South Bend for an event was a no-brainer this season – our teams in the Great Lakes area absolutely love competing in the area.”

Hockey Time Productions will be holding a tournament at the Compton Family Ice Arena, with roughly 500 participants taking to the ice. Notre Dame Cycling Club will be holding their annual Crit Race at the Eddy Street Commons, with 300 cyclists set to compete. Additionally, an expected 800 participants will be competing in the USA Gymnastics Level 8 Regional taking place on the IU South Bend campus. The National Club Softball Association will also be holding their Great Lakes Regional at Belleville Softball Complex with 150 competitors expected to travel to South Bend.

“This weekend's events, and the 1,700 visitors expected, are going to have a wonderful impact on our local economy,” states Meghan Huff, sports sales manager for Visit South Bend Mishawaka. “Not to mention, the mix of collegiate and youth competitions taking place showcase the vast options the sports tourism culture in the South Bend area can provide to a wide variety of organizations.”

Almost all of the events have been held in the South Bend area before, with the exception of the USA Gymnastics Level 8 Regional, which is being held in our community for the very first time.

All economic impact quantities were calculated using the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Event Impact Calculator. All information is based on local market size and other information specific to St. Joseph County to generate the most accurate numbers possible.

Source: Visit South Bend Mishawaka

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