Hosting an NJCAA Championship Event can potentially be a significant economic boom for a community.
But don’t take our word for it, here are some comments directly from past and current NJCAA Championship hosts on the economic impact these events have had on their community.
Division I Baseball Championship – Grand Junction, Colo.
In an economic impact study done through the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce about five years ago, the JUCO committee found the tournament had a $3.5 million impact on the community. They predict at this point it’s closer to $4 million. – KJCT 8 Grand Junction, CO – May 25, 2014
Division II Baseball Championship – Enid, Okla.
(Tournament Director) Bill Mayberry said 15-20,000 people visited the ballpark during the 2013 Division II World Series, making for an estimated economic impact of about $4 million to Enid. The ballpark was filled to capacity for the championship game in 2013, which Oklahoma-based Murray State won, 4-3. – Enid News.com – April 2, 2014
Division I Women’s Basketball Championship – Lubbock, Texas
According to multiple reports, the event in Salina brought in about $600,000 a year and attracted 10,000 to 12,000 people per year. Last year’s tournament brought in 9,871 fans over six days. However, Osborne estimates the women’s tournament will bring in $1.9 million in economic impact to Lubbock, filling about 6,000 hotel rooms (1,000 per night) for the six-day event. – LubbockOnline.com – April 25, 2014
Division I Men’s Soccer Championship – Albany, Ga.
Tournament director and Darton State College Events Coordinator, Martha Snow, estimates an economic impact of about $830,000 for the Albany area, mostly applied to hotel, dining, entertainment and shopping enterprises.”It is great to host an event that will give the College, city and county such national exposure,” she said. “The potential economic impact of this tournament is much greater than the women’s tournaments hosted on-campus in 2006 and 2007 since the tournament format has expanded.” – Darton State College – Nov. 12, 2012
Division II Men’s Basketball Championship – Danville, Ill.
Jeanie Cooke, executive director of the Danville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said a study was done almost a decade ago by officials at the University of Illinois and the state department of tourism. The verdict: More than $1 million is brought into Danville each year by the NJCAA tournament. Since that time, however, numbers have only grown, with the tournament expanding one extra day of basketball play and adding four more junior college teams to the mix. “This tournament has an outstanding return on the investment,” Cooke said. She said, on average, each team accounts for bringing as many as 20 people, counting athletes, coaches and other personnel. In addition, figures indicate an average of 2.5 people per athlete come to Danville as a result of the tournament. – Danville Commercial News – March 16, 2014
Division II Women’s Basketball Championship – Overland Park, Kan.
“The NJCAA Tournament is a great opportunity for the City of Overland Park to showcase why it’s such a fantastic destination for amateur sports,” said Justin Stine, director of the Overland Park Sport Alliance. “Hotel room nights will be generated as well as increased traffic to our area restaurants, attractions and shops. Several components of our local tourism industry will benefit by the tournament being her and the economic impact is estimated to reach almost $200,000.” – Johnson County Community College – March 6, 2014
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The NJCAA is in the midst of a comprehensive study that will provide further details as to the potential dollar amount a typical NJCAA Championship can bring to a host community. The NJCAA is a rights holding member of the NASC (National Association of Sports Commissions) and is committed to improving its annual events through strong partnerships with current and future hosts that understand and appreciate their significance. Below are statistics for each NJCAA Championship Event that contribute significantly to the economic impact to a host community.
|SPORT||# Teams||# Participants||Max Length of Stay||Total # of Spectators*|
|Men’s Division I Baseball||10||300||7 days||119,000|
|Men’s Division II Baseball||10||300||7 days||15,000|
|Men’s Division III Baseball||8||240||7 days||3,000|
|Women’s Division I Basketball||24||450||6 days||14,000|
|Men’s Division I Basketball||24||450||6 days||60,000|
|Women’s Division II Basketball||16||300||5 days||7,000|
|Men’s Division II Basketball||16||300||5 days||12,000|
|Women’s Division III Basketball||8||120||4 days||1,500|
|Men’s Division III Basketball||8||120||4 days||3,000|
|Men’s Bowling||20||100||4 days||200|
|Women’s Bowling||12||75||4 days||200|
|Women’s Division I Cross Country||35||275||2 days||500|
|Men’s Division I Cross Country||40||300||2 days||500|
|Women’s Division III Cross Country||12||100||2 days||250|
|Men’s Division III Cross Country||15||125||2 days||250|
|Men’s Division I Golf||25||125||5 days||500|
|Men’s Division II Golf||20||125||5 days||500|
|Men’s Division III Golf||15||100||5 days||500|
|Women’s Golf||15||115||5 days||500|
|Women’s Half Marathon||10||75||2 days||100|
|Men’s Half Marathon||15||85||2 days||100|
|Men’s Ice Hockey||4||80||4 days||1,500|
|Men’s Lacrosse||4||140||3 days||5,000|
|Women’s Lacrosse||4||80||3 days||1,000|
|Women’s Division I Soccer||12||240||5 days||2,000|
|Women’s Division III Soccer||8||180||2 days||1,000|
|Men’s Division I Soccer||12||240||5 days||4,000|
|Men’s Division III Soccer||8||180||3 days||2,000|
|Women’s Division I Softball||16||320||4 days||2,500|
|Women’s Division II Softball||16||320||4 days||1,500|
|Women’s Division III Softball||8||160||4 days||1,000|
|Women’s Swimming and Diving||13||70||5 days||500|
|Men’s Swimming and Diving||10||60||5 days||500|
|Women’s Division I Tennis||25||230||6 days||500|
|Men’s Division I Tennis||25||230||6 days||500|
|Women’s Division III Tennis||11||80||6 days||250|
|Men’s Division III Tennis||8||80||6 days||500|
|Women’s Indoor Track and Field||12||150||2 days||2,000|
|Men’s Indoor Track and Field||15||150||2 days||2,000|
|Women’s Division I Outdoor Track and Field||20||200||3 days||2,500|
|Men’s Division I Outdoor Track and Field||20||200||3 days||2,500|
|Women’s Division III Outdoor Track and Field||20||110||3 days||1,000|
|Men’s Division III Outdoor Track and Field||20||110||3 days||1,000|
|Women’s Division I Volleyball||16||240||4 days||4,000|
|Women’s Division II Volleyball||16||240||3 days||2,000|
|Women’s Division III Volleyball||8||120||3 days||1,500|
|Men’s Wrestling||40||260||3 days||6,000|
*Defined as the total attendance for the event
The following championships, although listed separately above, are normally hosted at the same site and at the same time:
Men’s & Women’s Bowling
Men’s &Women’s Division III Cross Country
Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving
Men’s Division I & III Tennis
Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Men’s & Women’s Division I Outdoor Track and Field
Men’s &Women’s Division III Outdoor Track and Field
**Sanctioned NJCAA football bowl games are not included on this chart. The typical football team in the NJCAA has anywhere from 60-100 team members.