City leaders announced Monday that four major sports tournaments are coming to Rockford, along with an estimated 20,000 visitors spending around $5 million.
Josh Albrecht, Director of Marketing for the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, says having the tournaments come to Rockford in 2017 will be "a huge boost to our local tourism industry." He adds that they are "really excited about having all four of them in one year."
The first tournament scheduled is February 23 - 25, when the city will welcome the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.
A Midwest regional gymnastics championship will take place May 5 - 7 . Then in June two major soccer tournaments are coming to town: the Premier SuperCopa Championships, June 9 - 12, and the Elite Club National Playoffs, June 22 - 27.
City leaders say this is proof that Rockford can handle a diverse mix of athletic events.
"We are a big skating town, normally that skating is done through ice hockey, obviously with the ice hogs and our great facilities for ice hockey," Albrecht said Monday. "But by showcasing our facilities in a new way, that's a lot of fun as well."
The tournaments will be at the BMO Harris Bank Center, the UW Health Sports Factory and the MercyHealth Sportscore Two facility.