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MN Senior Games in Mankato Deemed a Success
MANKATO, Minn.—Roughly 375 athletes competed in 25 Minnesota Senior Games sports in Mankato May 18-21.
An estimated 480 hotel room nights were generated and approximately $250,000 in economic impact was created over the course of the four-day event.
“While the weather did not entirely cooperate, the 2017 Minnesota Senior Games were a resounding success based on the overall feedback we received from athletes and organizers,” said Chris Willaert, Mankato Sports Commission director. “Being able to showcase all that we have to offer people who don’t regularly come to town while also creating significant economic impact is not an opportunity you get often, and I think we made a mark with this event.”
Mankato will host the 2018 nationally-qualifying Minnesota Senior Games, with dates to be determined.
The 2017 Senior Games results can be found online at www.mnseniorgames.com/competitions.asp?id=355.
About the Mankato Sports Commission:
The Mankato Sports Commission, an initiative of Visit Mankato, has a mission to drive the sporting economy in Greater Mankato by providing leadership, guidance and expertise that enables the attraction, support and/or administration of sporting events and tournaments to the area. Visit Mankato, the local convention and visitor’s bureau, is an affiliate of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., which also includes the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization, Greater Mankato Growth, and downtown development organization, City Center Partnership. Visit Mankato leads the development of the visitor economy in Greater Mankato by actively promoting Greater Mankato as a premier destination for conventions, tournaments and tourism. These activities bring a steady flow of visitors and business activity to Greater Mankato that benefit local residents and future visitors. The work of the Sports Commission and Visit Mankato helps strengthen the hospitality industry which provides jobs, a diverse tax base and amenities for everyone to enjoy.