The Rockford Park District, Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB), and City of Rockford announced that the Rockford Hoops youth basketball tournament is coming to the downtown sports facility at 305 S. Madison Street, Rockford. Rockford Hoops of Palatine, IL has agreed to hold the event at the facility for the next three years, occupying it for a total of 21 weekends during the first year alone.
“Rockford Hoops offers boys and girls basketball teams 2nd through 12th grade the chance to play. We open this up to schools, travel, feeder, or Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams, all are welcome,” said Ray Glassmann, Rockford Hoops Tournament Director. On average, a Rockford Hoops two-day weekend tournament would include 100 teams, meaning roughly 3,000 players, parents, siblings, and coaches will be in Rockford; the tournament has an estimated economic impact of $90,000. The first tournament takes place June 4-5, 2016.
“The energy and momentum that is building as Sportscore Downtown takes shape is exciting,” said John Groh, President/CEO of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “These one-day and two-day tournaments, along with the AAU Girls Basketball National Championships secured earlier this year, are big wins, and a testament to the facility’s strength and Rockford’s reputation in the marketplace. And, this is just the beginning, as additional announcements are on the way.”
Additional tournament information can be found at www.rockfordhoops.com.
Tim Dimke, Rockford Park District Executive Director, said, “This is a big win for the region, and once completed, Sportscore Downtown will be a world-class amateur sports facility that not only serves local citizens, but stimulates the economy. We are well on our way to Reclaiming First and retaining, regaining, and growing the amateur sports tourism market.”
About Reclaiming First
Reclaiming First is a community-wide comprehensive plan to enhance and enlarge the sports facilities in the Rockford area to reclaim the region’s dominance in sports tourism. Amateur sports tourism at Sportscore One and Sportscore Two currently accounts for $15.25 million in income for the Rockford region that would otherwise not occur. Local municipalities receive an estimated $1.8 million in the form of direct additional general fund tax revenue from amateur sports tournaments. Further, income generated from amateur sports tournaments means local citizens are able to use these facilities at reduced or no cost.
The Winnebago County Regional Tourism Facility Board (WCRTFB) formed to administer the hotel tax that helped fund the Reclaiming First initiative. WCRTFB includes board/council members and chief elected officials and staff leaders from the Rockford Park District, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Rockford, City of Loves Park, Village of Machesney Park, City of South Beloit, Village of Rockton, Village of Roscoe, Village of Cherry Valley, and Winnebago County. For additional information on Reclaiming First, see www.reclaimingfirst.org.