Grand Rapids is in the running to host the top State Games players in America.
The West Michigan Sports Commission, Experience Grand Rapids and the Meijer State Games of Michigan submitted a bid to host the State Games of America in 2017.
Executive Director Meijer State Games of West Michigan, Eric Englebarts tells WOOD Radio an estimated 8,000 in-state and 5,000 out-of-state athletes would participate if Grand Rapids was chosen as the home of the State Games of America 2017.
"This is what we are all about. Putting these events on, hosting them here in west Michigan and bringing people to town. That way they can bring their family and friends and spend their money here."
By June 20, the National Congress of State Games will announce which of the bidding cities will receive site visits. Following the site visit, the chosen cities will be presented to the NCSG in October.
Mike Guswiler, president of the WMSC. “The anticipated additional 5,000 out-of-state athletes, to our already popular games with more than 7,000 Michigan residents is expected to generate over $5 million dollars of direct spending in our community, should we receive the nod to host in 2017.”
In addition to Grand Rapids,, the other bidding cities are: Lincoln, Neb., San Diego, Calif., Hampton Roads, Va. and Oklahoma City, Okla. The 2015 SGA will take place in Lincoln, Neb.