MN Lands 2 Hosting Gigs Expected to Bring in $44M
The Twin Cities' economy will take in more than $44 million through two hosting gigs-the 2010 U.S. Open Racquetball Championships and the 2015 Summer National Senior Games-taking place in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington.
The National Senior Games Association announced earlier this week that Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington will host the 2015 Summer National Senior Games.
Tentatively scheduled for July 2015, the 16-day event will bring in more than 13,500 male and female athletes-ages 50 and over-to the metro area to compete in different sports within separate age divisions.
The Senior Games is estimated to draw more than 35,000 people to the area and the projected economic impact is $40 million.
While the sports have not yet been assigned to specific venues, the 2015 Games will use the Minneapolis Convention Center, the University of Minnesota campus, parks and recreation facilities, local golf courses, and other area facilities in Bloomington and St. Paul.
In addition, MeetMinneapolis announced this week that the 2010 U.S. Open Racquetball Championships will be moving to Minneapolis after 14 years in Memphis, Tennessee.
Minneapolis outbid five other cities to become the new home of the event after the tournament outgrew its Memphis venue.
The U.S. Open Racquetball Championships will bring 800 professional and amateur racquetball players to Minneapolis, plus an additional 3,000 spectators.
The tournament, which will kick off on October 20 at the Target Center, is estimated to bring more than $4 million in economic impact to the region over the course of the week-long event.