Games of Texas bringing economic benefits to area

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The Games of Texas Started Thursday in the Twin Cities and the event is expected to bring an economic boom for the community.

More than 7,000 athletes are expected to participate.

"The last time the event was here in town we were looking at about 20,000 plus people in town for this weekend. That's a huge impact on this community," said Kindra Fry, Experience Bryan/College Station President and CEO.

She says the event comes at a time of year when local hotels, motels and restaurants can use more business.

"When you kind of run the numbers, it's anywhere between $7.5 million to $10 million of economic impact," she said.

"What it means for me as an athlete is really kind of just getting like pre-season ready. It's always good," said Kendall Boutte, a 17-year-old track and field athlete from La Porte.

"I’m going to be an incoming senior. It’s good to get times down and everything when it comes to college and recruiting," said Boutte.

Coach Carolina Rodriguez brought 18 athletes from La Porte. They are all staying at a local hotel.

"We do plan on going to the movies every year. It's just a tradition for our kids to go the movies. Also, every meal we're going out to eat," said Rodriguez. "We'll probably go to the mall for one day as well," she said.

"It's a great experience for everybody that competes," added Boutte.

The games continue this weekend through Monday.