Event producers project third consecutive year in region will result in strong attendance. Tourism officials estimate the total economic impact of three-year event at PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center was $4.5 million.
Harrisburg, PA – For the third consecutive year, the Hershey Harrisburg Region (HHR) will host the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Championships (PAJW), with action taking place at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center (FSC) in Harrisburg starting Friday morning at 9 a.m.
“This is our third year in Central PA, and our second at the Farm Show Complex,” said the tournament’s assistant director Doug Corl. “The central location is perfect for everyone around the state to travel here conveniently, and the Farm Show Complex allows the space to run 10 mats simultaneously. The atmosphere in the arena is electric, and we’re hoping to make this year’s tournament the best ever.”
The event brings together nearly 1,000 wrestlers from the under 8 division through 12 years of age, competing for a state championship.
“Combining coaches, referees, friends and family in addition to the athletes, well over 5,000 people are expected to descend upon the area,” said Gregg Cook, Sports Marketing Manager for the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau.
For the three-year run of PJW Championships in the HHR, the total economic impact is estimated at $4.5 million, according to Cook, who is working now with PJW Area IX representatives to secure the region’s competitive bid for the 2015-17 PJW Championships.
In 2011 PJW officials selected the FSC in Harrisburg for the 2012-14 championships over venues in Pittsburgh, Erie and Wilkes-Barre.
“The PA Farm Show Complex became a serious contender to host this scale of wrestling event after we purchased a state-of-the-art SnapSports® ShockTower® indoor sports surface system,” said Cook. “That has allowed us to secure new business and retain our growing events.”