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Sporting Events Expected to Bring Millions to Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Several sporting events are headed to the Port City over the next few years, and they're expected to have a multi-million dollar economic impact.

Visitors and athletes stay in our hotels and eat at our restaurants and that means big bucks.

Folks over the Mobile Sports Authority say get ready for bowling, gymnastics, fishing and even Dragon Boat racing tournaments over the next seven years.

The Mobile Sports Authority has been involved in bringing 48 sporting events to Mobile over the last two and a half years. Those events have brought in close to $38 million.

"We have confirmed right now 10 future sporting events over the next six to seven years that could bring in as much as $60 million economic impact," said Mobile Sports Authority Executive Director Danny Corte.

He's referring to future events like the U.S. Bowling Congress Women's Championships that will be held at the Convention Center in 2021.

"They're going to bring 30,000 to 35,000 women bowlers from all over the nation," said Corte.

Beginning this year, USA gymnastics will converge in Mobile for the first time.

"We have two USA gymnastics meets coming up. One for the state of Alabama in December and one next April for the whole southeast region," said Corte.

In just two months, get ready for Dragon Boat racing to take over our delta waters. And a Fishers of Men bass fishing tournament is also on the books for 2015.

"What we try to do is we try and look at the non-traditional sports that are growing. And the growing sports right now are sports like youth rugby, lacrosse, archery to name three off top of my head," said Corte.

Above all else, Corte believes what our area needs to attract more sporting events, is a soccer complex. In fact, it's a project  Mobile County commissioners are currently working on.

"As long as our population grows, soccer will continue to grow, especially in this area," Corte said.

Corte also said pole vaulting will be back in July. And he's working on getting a big volleyball tournament here in the future, but that is still in the works.