Returning to the region proves a positive for event producer and regional economy.
Harrisburg, PA – Owen Costello, CEO of the Keystone State Games (KSG) announced today the PA Senior Games and the Keystone State Summer Games will return to Pennsylvania’s Hershey Harrisburg Region (HHR) for a fourth consecutive year in 2014.
The addition of a fourth year will have a significant impact on the local economy as well as a positive impact for Costello. This year hosting both events over a 14-day period in the same location creates logistical efficiencies for an event producer from securing venues to housing the nearly 1,500 staff required for a sports festival of this size.
“Considering we will be consumed over the next 12 months with planning and producing the State Games of America (SGA) in the region, it makes sense to stick with what works,” Costello said. “The biggest challenge for us is orchestrating all of the logistics. We want to get some mileage out of the system we will have worked hard to put into place for the 10,000 athletes we anticipate for State Games of America the previous year.”
Tourism officials with HHRVB and Dauphin County Commissioners Office are pleased with the projected attendance and economic impact numbers for the region over the four-year period as host for the largest amateur athletic festivals in the state and the country.
“We will have hosted a virtual ‘who’s who’ for amateur sports competitions since 2011,” said Mary Smith, president of HHRVB. “In partnership with Owen and our loyal sponsors we have served as the location for the top athletes in this Commonwealth and the United States. That’s a win for our destination’s brand awareness and identity but also a win for our tourism Partners, the community and our businesses.”