Youth, amateur sports events brought $61.1M to West Michigan in 2017

MLive | By: Jim Harger

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The West Michigan Sports Commission hosted 76 youth and amateur sporting events in 2017, attracting 202,000 athletes and visitors who spent an estimated $61.1 million.

"The year caps off a decade of attracting and hosting youth and amateur sporting events that have contributed a cumulative $297 million in direct visitor spending since the sports commission was founded in 2007," the commission said on Monday, Jan. 22.

"Youth and amateur sports is a $9.5 billion national industry, and the West Michigan Sports Commission is proud to have played a part these past 10 years in bringing some of that revenue to West Michigan," said WMSC President Mike Guswiler.

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