Region hosts thousands of athletes this weekend • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Region hosts thousands of athletes this weekend

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Northwest Indiana will play host to large swimming, baseball and soccer tournaments from March 7 through 10.

The Hobart Aquatic Center anticipates a full house for the Illinois Swimming Age Group Championships. About 4,000 to 5,000 swimmers ages 14 and younger are expected to participate.

“This is the largest swimming event hosted in the Region, and it is an amazing opportunity to host this event at our facility,” said Ken Cawthon, aquatics coordinator, School City of Hobart, in a press release.

Less than 20 miles away, Lake Central High School in St. John is hosting about 900 swimmers at the Illinois YMCA State Swimming Championships.

“The hospitality of everyone at the school and throughout Northwest Indiana is what keeps us coming back,” said David Brtva, meet director. “After hosting our two meets at Lake Central for the last 10 years, this area is very familiar and feels like home.”

Other sporting events are also slated. The 12u Spring Baseball Classic will be at the Crown Point Sparta Dome. The Millennium Soccer Association is hosting their 10th annual Region Cup College Showcase at the Sportsplex in Crown Point and Dowling Park in Hammond.

“Given that early March is considered our non-peak travel season, hosting these events results in thousands of families spending money in local hotels, restaurants, gas stations, shops and attractions,” said Nikki Lopez, interim president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

The estimated economic impact to the Region is over $4 million from these four events.

“All four are returning events, which is a testament to the Hoosier hospitality, great amenities and overall experience that keeps them coming back,” Lopez said.


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