Spring sports inject $10.9M into Casper, Natrona County economy from March through May
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Since March 1, Casper has hosted seven spring sporting events, ranging from youth club sports to collegiate level events. The Wyoming State Soccer Cup, Casper Soccer Club Spring Jamboree, Casper youth basketball, Casper College Volleyball Tournament, girls and boys 1A/2A State Basketball, girls and boys 3A/4A State Basketball, and State Track have all helped to positively impact Casper’s economy. Combined, these have created an economic impact of $10.9 million in Casper and Natrona County.
“A lot of folks, when they come into Casper, they really take advantage of all the amenities that we have. So, spring sports really helps touch every sector of our local economy and really drives spending in a variety of outlets and ways,” said Visit Casper Spokesperson Tia Troy.
According to Troy, the City of Casper works with a group called ‘Proud to Host the Best.’ The group is a committee of passionate Casper-area residents that formed to support bringing the Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) culminating championships to the community. They also work to give athletes and their families the best experience possible while at tournaments and championships.
“Hosting the high school state tournaments has proven to be a significant economic boost for the Casper economy, while at the same time providing many intangible benefits for participants, supporters, and the community,” said the Proud to Host the Best website.
Casper hosts nine Wyoming high school activities association events each school year and hosts a variety of club, collegiate, and youth sporting events.
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