7-on-7 Tournament Good for Local Economy

By  | 

COLLEGE STATION- The three day high school football tournament is back in College Station after an SEC rule moved the event last year to Round Rock.

It's estimated that some 15-thousand people will visit the Bryan College Station area spending money at hotels, restaurants and other local businesses. Shannon Overby with the Bryan College Station Conventions and Visitors Bureau says it's a big boost for the economy. "They're eating in our restaurants, buying groceries and spending money in our retail establishments. All those kinds of things contribute to the general sales tax which the city uses. So, it certainly helps our economy."

Brent Savage from Dallas is here to watch his son play football and will be spending some cash in his two days here. He says, "Mainly hotel and eating, yes."

Holly Stewart and her family made the four hour trip from Brady and will stay another night to watch Brady High play more football. " We're definitely going to the Dixie Chicken tonight, so the restaurant and the bars will probably see us," says Stewart.

In fact, many restaurants in Bryan and College Station are packed and the hotels are nearly booked. Overby says businesses are staying busy despite the dip in population during the dog days of summer. "We have some research that shows that people who attend sporting events like this, one per person will spend about $130 each day that they are here, " says Overby.