Local Sports are More Than Just Fun & Games - West Virginia Strong

Local Sports are More Than Just Fun & Games

Photo Credit: Craig Hudson, Charleston Gazette Mail

"A rising tide lifts all boats" as the old saying goes, and business owners in Dunbar and the surrounding community are looking forward to this tide as construction continues on the Shawnee Park Multi-Sport Complex.

In addition to being a resource for recreation in the community, these facilities are already being booked for national tournaments, which officials and business owners forecast will bring in new customers and new revenue. 

From The Charleston Gazette Mail:

On April 20, Gov. Jim Justice announced that the Shawnee complex, as well as the Barboursville Soccer Complex, will host the 2019 U.S. Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships and the 2019 and 2020 Eastern Presidents Cup.

The estimated economic impact for those three tournaments is $32 million, according to the governor’s news release.

The estimated annual economic impact from the complex is $40 million to $50 million, Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango said.

“We intend to host not just those tournaments, but many tournaments throughout the years,” Salango said.

Angela Harding is the general manager of the Sleep Inn & Suites in Cross Lanes. She owns the hotel with her husband.

“We’re very excited for the additional business that it should create, especially on the weekends,” Harding said.

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