Economic hope surrounding state title games
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee- Chattanooga will play host to the state football championships for at least the next two years.
Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) board of control voted 11 to 1 to move the BlueCross Bowl football championships from Tennessee Tech.
Chattanooga Tourism Company’s CEO Barry White said these games will bring an estimated three million dollars a year into Hamilton county.
“From a visitation standpoint this is primarily a three day event there’s going to be 18 teams that will play nine games. 900 athletes, were anticipating about 3600 people,” said White.
One of those businesses who stands to benefit is a brewery and restaurant across the street.
“We’re seeing a lot of businesses come into this area and the more events that we can put on here with all the bars and restaurants around us it’s going to bring quite a big crowd flow in,” said Naked River Brewing Company Owner Jake Raulston.
Championship weekend will help aid local businesses and restaurants after a tough year due to COVID-19.
“Not having the event was a big blow for us as well as the stadium in general. It’s definitely a good light at the end of the tunnel to be able to see that come back around,” said Raulston.
“These large events have been missing we really haven’t been able to have a lot of these types of discussions over the past year so this is a big win for us,” said White.
No one wants to give away specific plans just yet, but there will be specific events just for championship weekend.
“You’ll see a lot of activity downtown they’re going to be centralized in the central business district between the Riverfront and Finley Stadium it’s only about a mile and a half apart,” said White.