Gymnastics Championships To Have Positive Economic Impact On Denton
Gymnastics Championships To Have Positive Economic
Impact On Denton
DENTON Hosting the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National
Championships is more than just another sporting event for the
Denton community, it also is an economic opportunity. Texas
Woman's University, in conjunction with the Greater Denton Sports
Commission, is hosting the championships April 17-19 in the Kitty
Magee Arena at TWU.
Event organizers anticipate about 5,000 people will attend the
championships, which will draw 16 men's and women's gymnastic
teams from across the country. In 1995, the last time TWU hosted
the championships, event attendance was about 5,000 people.
"There are tremendous economic impacts that are generated
from such events full hotels and increased restaurant and
retail sales and we're very excited about that," said
Linda Ratliff, economic development director of the city of
The economic impact of the championships on the Denton
community is estimated at more than $380,000, according to event
organizers. Competitors, parents who come to Denton to watch
their college-aged children compete and fans should have a
significant impact on hotel room rentals, car rentals, and sales
in local restaurants and shops, according to Greater Denton
Sports Commission data.
Aside from the economic gains the championships are likely to
generate, the event also will raise Denton's profile in the
region and nationally.
"Events such as the USA Gymnastics championships bring
the kind of positive national exposure to a community that is
worth much, much more than the exposure we might get from placing
an ad in a trade magazine," Ratliff said. "In the
bigger scheme of things, the impact created for TWU in showcasing
the campus and for the community in having so many eyes from
outside Denton to be able to see what a great place this is
that's just priceless."
TWU Athletics Director Chalese Connors concurs. "It's an
honor to showcase not only the fine gymnastics program and
athletics program we have at the university, but the wonderful
facilities at TWU and the city of Denton," she said. "I
am very happy to welcome student athletes, family members and
friends from all over the country to Denton."
The championships get underway the afternoon of April 17 with
the women's team semifinals. The men's and women's team finals
will be April 18 beginning at 1 p.m. Individual competition, both
men's and women's, starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 19.
Tickets are $20 for an adult event pass and $15 for a student
(age 7-17) event pass. Day passes are $8 for adults and $6 for
students. Children age 6 and younger are admitted free. For
tickets, call (940) 898-2373 or (888) 381-1818. Ticket
information also is available at www.dentonsports.com/Gymnastics_Info.htm.
For Further Information Contact:
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456