March 2017: Big Sports Month and Even Bigger Long-term Community Impact
(Spokane, WA, February 27, 2017) – March is bursting with sports, brimming with athletes—it’s just plain gigantic. March sporting events will fill our local venues and populate our hotels, restaurants and retail shops with nearly 30,000 out-of-town athletes and their families. The economic impact will likely reach an estimated $19 million with the variety and volume of sports converging in Spokane, beginning this weekend.
These numbers are impressive, but even more impressive is the impact of sports tourism. Research shows sports have a larger effect on the community. The young athletes coming to Spokane to play sports are potentially tomorrow’s business leaders and decision makers. Leaving with a positive impression of Spokane may determine where they choose to live, go to college, or start a career. Spokane is building a strong sports culture because it goes hand-in-hand with long-term economic prosperity and growth.
Mega March events at a glance:
WIAA Hardwood Classic Boys and Girls State B Basketball Tournament
Wednesday-Saturday, March 1–4
Held in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, "State B" continues to be a treasured historical event that brings together fans and families from small towns across the State of Washington. Be part of it.
Spokane Nordic Challenge 20/30/50k Loppet
Sunday, March 5
"Loppet" is the traditional term for a long-distance cross country ski event that can be either recreational or competitive. This is a long-time end of season event that takes place in the beautiful setting of Mt. Spokane. Learn more.
2017 Washington State Middle School Basketball Championships
Friday-Sunday, March 17–19
In its 4th year, Spokane's fastest growing annual tournament will include 3,600 student-athletes traveling from across the state. This unique tournament is an opportunity for middle school teams to test their skills against new competition from across Washington.
2017 Hub-a-Palooza Mountain Bike Festival
Friday-Sunday, March 31–April 2
This weekend is a mountain biker’s dream. Participants can take part in the the Double Down Hoe Down downhill bike race, and the People’s Enduro, which will be a single day, 4 stage endure event. Nearly 400 riders are expected for this epic weekend. Learn more.
USA Volleyball Pacific Northwest Qualifier
March 24-26 & March 31–April 2
Celebrating 20 years in Spokane, the Pacific Northwest Qualifier (PNQ) takes over the Spokane Convention Center, HUB Sports Center, and Reese Court at EWU for two consecutive weekends. PNQ Volleyball generates more hotel room stays in Spokane than any other yearly event! More than 8,000 players (plus coaches, families and fans) account for approximately 15,000 hotel overnight stays.
January 2017: Spokane Selected for 2018 USA Track & Field National Club Cross Championships2
Sports don't just entertain. They improve communities. They drive economies. And no other organization brings sports events to the Inland Northwest like the Spokane Sports Commission. We are a nonprofit coalition of regional government; business and volunteers committed to recruiting and developing sports events. With these events come tourism dollars, entertainment and media attention attracting sports fans from around the world. Business wins. Kids win. Fans win, our region wins.
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