IHSA football brings economic boost to Champaign-Urbana

     Thousands of high school football fans will converge on Champaign this weekend for the Illinois High School Association Football Championships at Memorial Stadium.

     It's one of the biggest events of the year for the community in terms of economic impact.

     That's according to Cory Hatfield, sports director for the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
    


    
     Hatfield said the football championships generate around $3 million annually for Champaign-Urbana.

     He says that will likely be higher this year with Tuscola playing in the Class 1A championship game on Friday.

     The convention bureau will sponsor its 12th Annual Tent City event during this weekend's football championships.

     Fans can tailgate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the parking lot west of the Assembly Hall.

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