Business Booms As Sporting Events Bring In Thousands

Not only are cheers coming from the soccer field and the court, but from the city of Topeka as well.

Athletes of all sorts are filling up Topeka's Kansas Expocentre and Hummer Sports Park for an all out sports extravaganza, bringing in thousands of visitors.

For Washburn Rural, whose team is competing in the state volleyball games, it's all about support.

"The great thing about Washburn Rural is that our kids [and] our staff support all activities, we support all athletics," Washburn Principal Ed Raines said.

More than 500 students got permission to miss classes today to go out and support womens volleyball.

Octobert 26th through the 28th will be one of the busiest sports weekends in Topeka during the fall season. About 140 teams total will be participating in the Sunflower Soccer Association President's Cup, the National Junior College Athletic Association and the 5A and 6A Kansas State High School volleyball championships.

Visit Topeka estimates that these sporting events will reel in 1.5 million dollars for the city.

President and CEO of Visit Topeka, Inc. Olivia Simmons said she hopes visitors will take advantage of restaurants and businesses, also a benefit for the city.

"Our purpose is to bring people here and make an economic impact on our businesses," she said. "It's infusing new sales tax dollars into our city and our state and helping us all in different ways."

While more people might mean more lines and traffic, these events will only do good for Topeka.

"The more money they leave behind, the less money our citizens have to pull out of their pockets for that quality of life assurance. So they should be thanking these people for visiting our community," Simmons said.

This weekend Topeka is also hosting Dia de los Muertos events.

For a look at more events, check out www.visittopeka.com.


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