Small Chance 7 on 7 Tournament Will Stay at A&M...and in College Station

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

As if there wasn't enough drama surrounding Texas A&M's move to the southeastern conference, now rumors are swirling around the annual 7 on 7 high school football tournament held on campus every year.

It's a move that could impact us living in Bryan-College Station.

The 7 on 7 high school football tournament has always been in College Station, since the first match-ups in 1998, but rumors are being tossed around that the games might be moving.

"We've had meetings with several different entities involving this and we obviously want to do what's best for the integrity of the event and for high school football," said Brandon Houston, a member of the 7 on 7 Board of Directors.

7 on 7 reps are being tight lipped about the future of the event.
Texas A&M is now part of the Southeastern Conference, and the SEC adopted a ban on the competition in the summer.
Taking effect immediately is the NCAA's decision to ban the tournament from all NCAA campuses.

If the tournament moves from College Station, that's an average of 1,800 players, 260 coaches, plus all the people that come to watch...gone...missing from our local economy.

Kindra Frya, with the BCS Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, "We're going to do all we can to make sure it stays here, we don't want it to go anywhere else."

Fry says in three days, the competition pumps about $800,000 into our local economy.

"They stay in pretty much all of our hotels. They eat in all of our restaurants. They shop at all of our stores...they're giving us their sales tax," explained Fry.

The CVB is hoping to convince the 7 on 7 board of directors to at least keep the tournament in town.

Fry said, "They want everything in one central location, one central facility. We have that in Veteran's Park."

Plans for 2012 are scheduled to be finalized by next week and it looks like we're just going to have to wait until then for an official answer.

According to the convention and visitors bureau, there is still a small chance the 2012 tournament may happen on campus.
This means, some players may have one last opportunity to play on Kyle Field.
For those who already had signed contracts, like Texas A&M, it will come down to an official cut off date that is yet to be set by the NCAA.

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