ROCKFORD — The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) has confirmed the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) 6th Grade Girls Basketball National Championships as the first booked event for the new Downtown Sports Complex.
“We are extremely excited to announce the first booked tournament for the Downtown Sports Complex,” said RACVB President/CEO John Groh.
“Just a month ago we were celebrating the construction tip-off for the building, and now we are celebrating this great win. The momentum continues to build during this exciting time for sports tourism in Rockford.
The tournament, scheduled for mid-summer 2018, is expected to draw 100 teams from throughout the United States, totaling more than 3,500 attendees comprised of athletes, coaches, tournament directors and spectators. Lasting four to five days, the tournament is expected to generate $750,000 in economic spending. Along with the RACVB, the Rockford Park District and the Rockford Wildcats will help to host the event
In the award letter to the RACVB, Matt Williams, AAU Girls Basketball Co-Chair stated, “During the bid process, [RACVB] raised the importance of how hosting the AAU National Championship would positively impact their region.”