Rockford region gets economic boost from Father’s Day weekend sporting events

Staff Report

This Father’s Day weekend there will be seven first-time and returning sporting events going on in the Rockford region which is expected to create a large boost to the local economy.

“Each of these events is responsible for the competitive edge that the Rockford Region has maintained this year. We’re growing by leaps and bounds because of the assets we have to offer with our sports facilities, high level of customer service and the many sites, attractions and eateries that make Rockford such a unique place to visit,” said Josh Albrecht, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs for the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With the renovations to Sportscore Downtown and upgrades to our current facilities we can continue this trend of hosting diverse events and secure several new ones in the coming years. There are no limits to what we can accomplish here and that’s a huge win for us.”

Thursday-Saturday the USA Wrestling 2015 Northern Plains Kids Cadet Regional Championships, a new event for Rockford, will be held at the BMO Harris Bank Center with an estimated economic impact of $198,000.

Friday-Sunday the 2015 ABA BMX Midwest Nationals will be held at Searls Park with an estimated economic impact of $405,000.

Friday-Sunday Team Exposure-2015 Summer Smash Classic Baseball tournament will be held at Aviators Stadium in Loves Park with an estimated economic impact of $25,920.

The Biggest Loser Run Walk (Half Marathon and 5K) will be held downtown on Saturday with an estimated economic impact of $27,000.

Friday-Sunday the USSSA Girls State Fastpitch Tournament 12U B and 13U B will be held at Sportscore One with an estimated economic impact of $129,600.

“We are delighted to bring this event back to Rockford again this year for what, historically, has been a great weekend for Fastpitch softball. The RACVB has helped to make the Rockford area for this year’s annual state tournament an easy decision,” said Ed White, USSSA tournament director.

The 2015 Midwest Bowling Tournament, a new event for Rockford which has been going on since May 16, will hold its sixth weekend of competition Friday-Sunday at Don Carter Lanes and Cherry Bowl with an estimated economic impact of $449,100 over the entire seven week run of the tournament.

“It is exciting to fulfill the dreams of ladies from six states in coordinating this tournament that gathers women bowlers from all over the country. It has been our pleasure to work with the RACVB, John Sommer and his staff at The Cherry Bowl and Don Carter Lanes and the Rockford Women’s WBA to host this fun event full of high energy in the Rockford area,” states President of the Illinois USBC WBA, Betty McCann.

On Saturday the IL Jets Track and Field event will be taking place at Christian Life with an estimated economic impact of $13,500.

The total estimated economic impact of these events on the region is around $1.3 million.

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