Clarksville, TN – Visit Clarksville welcomed two major events this weekend that, combined, pumped over $3.2 million into the local economy.
The Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association (TMSAA) Track & Field State Championships brought some 2,520 visitors, including 600 athletes, who competed at Austin Peay State University’s Fortera Stadium for top medals in the discus throw, high jump, long jump, shot put along with multiple track events.
Nearly 6,000 players and spectators, including 138 teams from five states, were part of the Queen City Cup Soccer Tournament, an open invitational hosted by the Clarksville Soccer Club. The three-day event at Heritage Park featured 220 matches and attracted teams from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama, along with Tennessee.
“Sports marketing has been, and continues to be, one of our top priorities,” says Visit Clarksville Chairman Louisa Cooke. “We have first-class venues for such a variety of events, we’re easily accessible from throughout the state, and we have plenty of hotel rooms to accommodate state-wide events. This makes Clarksville a great sports competition destination.”
June 2-4, 2017 is another multi-event weekend for Clarksville with the AAU Super Qualifier Basketball Tournament and the Pro Tour Horseshoe Tournament.
A new event for Clarksville, the Tennessee/Kentucky Future Stars Classic is a football game for showcasing the talents of the best seventh and eighth graders in both states. Athletes will take to the field at Fortera Stadium on June 17, 2017. About 5,880 players, coaches, and spectators are expected to attend.
Basketball soon follows with the AAU Boys’ 10U Basketball National Championships. Games will be held at the APSU Dunn Center and area secondary school gyms July 7-12, 2017.
During the 2016-17 fiscal year, Visit Clarksville hosted sports events for basketball, soccer, cross country, track & field, softball, horseshoes, bowling, and fishing. These events brought 63,934 visitors to Clarksville-Montgomery County who spent an estimated $9.2 million while here on lodging, gas, meals, and miscellaneous shopping.
About Visit Clarksville
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Tourism Commission was established by the State of Tennessee in 1979 to positively influences tourism in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area by promoting tourist attractions, hosting conventions, group tours, and engaging in large-scale marketing efforts. In 2015, the organization adopted the Visit Clarksville brand. Visit Clarksville is governed by nine board of director members who are selected jointly by the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County Mayors and is funded by a portion of the local hotel-motel tax.
Photo Caption: The Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association (TMSAA) Track & Field State Championships were held at APSU’s Fortera Stadium on Saturday. Pictured here are Discus Throw, Shot Put and the High Jump.