2 tournaments generated $150, 657 in FF [UPDATED]Published 9:25am Friday, March 22, 2013 Updated 11:34am Friday, March 22, 2013
The Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau supports a YES vote for the Fergus Falls high school outdoor facilities referendum. Expanded facilities — especially the track and tennis courts — make Fergus Falls a candidate for hosting conference and section athletic events. The current courts and track are simply too small for us to hold those events here.
Each athletic tournament brings at least five to eight teams from other communities to Fergus Falls. Teams from farther away stay overnight here — especially for multi-day events – with participants, families, and coaches usually staying at least one night in our hotels. They also spend money in our stores and restaurants. This is good for the Fergus Falls economy and our community.
Fergus Falls has already seen increased visitors from the community arena and from the new gymnasiums at Kennedy Secondary School.
Youth hockey tournaments this winter brought 39 teams (34 staying overnight) and generated $126,957 in community spending.
The wrestling tournament, hosted at Kennedy High School in February, generated $23,700 — and that’s just in one weekend.
The more Fergus Falls is recognized as a community that has expanded and excellent facilities in all sports, the better we fare as a destination.
Let’s keep up the momentum and work together to bring people to Fergus Falls. Please vote YES on April 2.
Jean Bowman/Fergus Falls CVB Board