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Weekend Sports Tournaments Moving Into Rockford

4 May, 2017


The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau celebrates three large-scale sports tournaments that will take place in the Rockford region this weekend. Collectively, participants, coaches and fans that travel to the region for the tournaments are expected to have an estimated economic impact (EEI) of $316,800 during their stays.

These Big Wins will utilize the community’s multi-use sports venues, including Mercyhealth Sportscore One, the UW Health Sports Factory and Don Carter Lanes.

SPORTS TOURNAMENT LINE-UP

AAU Midwest Regional Gymnastics Championships

Date: May 5-7, 2017 (Friday 6:30 p.m. – 9:11 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 9:55 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 6:32 p.m.)

Location: UW Health Sports Factory, 305 S. Madison St., Rockford, IL

Attendance: 700 athletes traveling from seven states and 1,500 total visitors expected       

Economic Impact: Estimated 485 room nights and $87,300 EEI

Website: http://360sports.events/aau-midwest-regionals-2017/

Note: Regional team awards will recognize the top three teams per district. Each gymnast with a contributing score will be named on the District Team and receive a star designation pin to place on the Regional Participation Patch.

LAX ROX Invitational Lacrosse Tournament

Date: May 6-7, 2017 (Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Location: Mercyhealth Sportscore One, 1288 Elmwood Rd., Rockford, IL

Attendance: There are a total of 18 teams covering four age groups (third grade to high school varsity) with 400 competitors participating from Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Economic Impact: Estimated 350 room nights and $45,000 EEI

Website: www.rockfordlax.net

Note: Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the USA with 20,000 new players being added every year.

We decided to host the LAX ROX Tournament to give our kids a chance to play multiple home games in front of their families and friends and to help promote sports events happening in the Rockford area. Lacrosse continues to be the fastest growing sport in the United States and is a great cross-over for basketball, hockey, football, and soccer players,” said Jim Corbett, Rockford Razorbacks LAX tournament director. “This is a great opportunity for kids who are not involved to come check it out and for fans to enjoy a great day of competitive lacrosse at a fantastic facility.”

2017 Illinois Bowling Association (USBC) State Tournament

Date: May 6-7, 2017 (last of multi-weekend tournament)

Location: Don Carter Lanes, 4007 E. State St., Rockford, IL

Economic Impact: 1,025 room nights, $184,500 EEI

Website: www.ibabowl.com

Notes: Admission is no cost and spectators are encouraged to attend.

We haven’t had the opportunity to host the State Bowling tournament in many years and are happy to have the chance to host them once again this year. It’s great that our local bowling facilities are contributing to the positive changes happening in this community,” said John Sommer, Don Carter Lanes owner and president. “We are grateful to work with local organizations like the Rockford Men’s Bowling Association and the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, who are determined to make sure elite bowling groups continue choosing the Rockford region to host their tournaments.”

“It’s been a very dynamic year hosting a variety of sports tournaments in the Rockford region. The great connections we’ve made and the excellent partnerships built are what fuel us to keep pushing the limits in the sports tourism market,” said Nick Povalitis, RACVB sports destination & sales manager. “This weekend will continue to showcase all that our region has to offer to make each tournament a success from beginning to end.”

RACVB exists to drive quality of life and economic growth for the citizens of Rockford and Winnebago County through tourism marketing and destination development. gorockford.com

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