Show-Me State Games Expected to Boost Economy
Along with bringing friendly competition the games bring business.
This is the 26th installment of the Show-Me STATE GAMES.
The games offer more than 40 sports, from martial arts to synchronized swimming, attracting a variety of competitor.
For the 25th anniversary last year, Columbia saw more than 25,000 athletes compete.
All of these visitors will give a boost to Columbia's economy.
"The economic impact is pretty good. If you drive around town today you'll see a lot of cars with 'Show-Me State Games or Bust' signs on them, and a lot of kids having fun," said Dave Gill, the competition coordinator.
There are two ways to measure the economic impact of an event, first is through direct funds coming from hotels and visitors meals.
In 2007 the games brought in $13 million dollars in direct funds, and $13.5 million in 2008. Direct fund are things like lodging and food, and restaurants Shakespeare's Pizza definitely benefits during the Show-Me State Games.
"Next to football games, it's one of our busiest weekends of the year," said Tobias Epstein, Shakespeare's general manager.
The second way to measure the impact is extended funds, or any extra activities for a visitor, like shopping.
Visitors spent nearly $25 million in 2007 and nearly 28 million in 2008.
Locals can expect extra traffic and an overall busier Columbia this weekend.