IHSA economic impact about average, CVB says
The numbers are in from this past weekend's IHSA Football Championships in Champaign.
About 26,000 tickets were sold for the eight games, and the event brought in around $3.1 million of economic impact to the community, according to Cory Hatfield, sports director for the Champaign County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Hatfield said the convention bureau was expecting above-average attendance and economic impact numbers this year due to Tuscola playing in the Class 1A state title game.
But numbers were about the same as last year and not far off the average from year to year. Ticket sales were down from the usual of about 30,000, but the economic impact was up from slightly from the normal $3 million.
But Hatfield said that doesn't necessarily mean interest in the event was down this year.
Hatfield said the convention bureau directed football fans to participate in Saturday's Shop Local event in Champaign.
He said moves like that ensure that more areas around town benefit from business from out-of-towners.