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WIAA girls basketball and volleyball tournaments locked into Resch Center until 2020

A multimillion dollar boost to our local economy was announced today.
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) - A multimillion dollar boost to our local economy was announced today.


It will bring thousands of high school athletes and fans to our area.


The WIAA announced its board unanimously approved a contract with the Resch Center, to host the girls basketball and volleyball tournaments until at least 2020.


The basketball event was moved to the Resch Center this year as part of a two year trial away from Madison.


The contract extension has Titletown and the WIAA celebrating.


"Thank you  to everybody who made this possible in the Green Bay region we could not be more excited" says WIAA Associate Director  Deb Hauser.


For at least seven years girls basketball and volleyball will call the Resch Center home for tournament time.


"We were confident the community would embrace this event" says Brad Toll, Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.


From special signs, to custom apparel, it was that community show of support that weighed heavily on the boards decision to move basketball away from Madison.


Planned upgrades to the sound system and an investment in a new score board by 2015 were also selling points for the Resch.


However, it was the people who really made an impact with their hospitality.


"That  extended when they went to their hotels, the warmth and reception that the hotels gave to them was just incredible" Hauser explains.  


Basketball is expected to drive $3 million into our local economy each year.


The volleyball tournament brings in just less than a million dollars.


"Economic impact is going to vary by year, the reason being we are never sure how many local teams will be in, how many of the teams will be traveling in and staying overnight, so it is a number that will move around" Toll says.


The volleyball tournament is entering its 12th year at the Resch Center.


Tickets go on sale at the end of this month for the November tournament.


Organizers hope they grow attendance this year. The WIAA says while volleyball has more participation than any other girls sport, it has the worst tournament attendance.


"It really has potential for a lot of growth as people become even more exposed to this sport" says Marcy Thurwachter. WIAA Assistant Director.


Basketball attendance in 2013 was just under 40,000, the largest crowd since 2008.


Saturday was almost a sellout.


"What the coaches and teams also experienced was an atmosphere. That is what you want when you walk onto this court, is the girls actually opened their eyes and said this is a big-time event, this is a state championship" says Brendan Bruss, Executive VP, PMI Entertainment Group.


According to Hauser "A lot of people left saying we're coming back next year. That is exactly what we would hope for".

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