October 16, 2017

Upcoming pickleball tourney expected to boost regional economy

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
A regional pickleball tournament is coming to Hartford Oct. 26-29.

A regional pickleball tourney scheduled for Oct. 26-29 in Hartford will boost visitation and spending in the area, according to state authorities.

The 2017 USAPA Atlantic Regional Pickleball Tournament will be held on 21 courts in the Governor William O'Neill State Armory on 360 Broad St.

Pickleball, a cross between tennis and ping pong, is the fastest growing sport in the U.S., growing 900 percent since 2010 with more than 2.5 million players.

Bob Murdock, director of sports marketing for the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, which is managing the use of seven hotels in Hartford and East Hartford for the event, said participants and spectators also will visit area restaurants and nearby attractions.

A boost of nearly $36,000 in the state's sales tax receipts is likely as a result, Murdock said.

More than 475 players from 18 states and provinces in the Northeast and Canada are expected to participate, said Patrick Fisher, the tournament's executive director. He also is executive director of the Connecticut Sports Management Group Inc., which is managing the event.

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