Archive for Thursday, January 7, 2010

Basketball tournament expected to attract about 100 teams to Lawrence this weekend

Youth tournament expected to draw 4,000 people to city

January 7, 2010


Basketball tournament expected to attract about 100 teams to Lawrence this weekend

It is not just Kansas University basketball that can draw a crowd to Lawrence. Enlarge video

It is not just Kansas University basketball that can draw a crowd to Lawrence.

Lawrence on Saturday and Sunday will play host to a United States Specialty Sports Association youth basketball tournament that is expected to bring 100 teams and 4,000 people to the city.

“It will be a lot of overnight visitors, which always gets us excited from a tourism standpoint,” said Bob Sanner, sports marketing manager for the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The tournament — which will feature both boys and girls in third through eighth grades — marks the second consecutive year that Florida-based USSSA has chosen Lawrence to host a major Midwest tournament.

Sanner said the convention and visitors bureau is working to host additional events with USSSA. Another youth basketball tournament is scheduled for spring break, and Sanner is working to land a summer tournament that could be about twice the size of this weekend’s event. The group also runs youth softball and baseball tournaments that Lawrence hopes to attract.

“I think it is fair to say that our relationship with them is getting stronger and stronger,” Sanner said.

This weekend’s event will be held in 10 gyms throughout the city. Among the gyms in use will be the Community Building downtown, KU’s Robinson Gymnasium and many Lawrence school district gyms.

Teams are expected from Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

Teams are guaranteed at least three games, and may play as many six. Sanner said the tournament is good from an economic development standpoint because teams often have large amounts of down time between games.

“When they are not playing, we’re hopeful that they will be out shopping and dining,” Sanner said.


Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 4 months ago

Well good luck to all and city please clean the roads extra good want to keep all the out of towners safe, not trying to be sarcastic just if you don't know the city bad roads just add to the head ache.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 4 months ago

Jack go take a nap you are like a grumpy 3 yr old.

newmedia 8 years, 4 months ago

Hope any additional snow holds off and everyone has a pleasant time in Lawrence.. Good luck..

irnmadn88 8 years, 4 months ago

USSSA also holds soccer tournaments one of which Lawrence hosted a couple of years ago IIRC.

Jim Williamson 8 years, 4 months ago

Jack, are you living in some kind of Bizarro world Lawrence, KS, that the rest of us just don't see?

Uhjh 8 years, 4 months ago

Good luck to every team! Thanks for coming to Lawrence - hope your stay is enjoyable. Please excuse the weather but it is January.

maxcrabb 8 years, 4 months ago

Then get moving! (leave the computer behind)

Alabamastreet 8 years, 4 months ago

Go. Now. Leave. Please. Go. See ya. Don't let the toll booth gate hit you in the rear on the way out. Then again, seems like you need a good spankin'. Poor Jackie . . .

JackRipper (Anonymous) says…

To bad, loved Lawrence but if you boneheads can't see where it has gone bad you will or can we say you already are as you complain your streets aren't plowed. A visual indicator of the problem but some still think their house will go up in value and validate the enormous waste of resources. We'll see who is right.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 4 months ago

I have no problem with tourism dollars. People come,spend their money,have fun then leave.

I don't have a problem so long as the city is using existing resources to make it work.

However I do have a problem with USD 497 spending $20 million of USD 497 tax dollars to build a sports extravaganza as part of PLAY = tax increase as taxpayers subsidize the building industry.

I am sure USD 497 taxpayers would have loved the opportunity to vote on a $20 million sports projects but are denied out of fear the taxpayers would say NO! PLAY:

Yet put more than $16 million worth of building maintenance on the back burner…

*School Maintenance

I am sure taxpayers are wondering why $16.5 million worth building maintenance was placed on the back burner in favor of a $20 million sports extravaganza! This seems like reckless spending.

What I have a problem with is local politicans doing this type of spending without putting it to the voters. Is this how we want USD 497 dollars spent? Let the voters decide!

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