More than just ballers bringing business to Spokane

More than just ballers bringing business to Spokane

The biggest three on three basketball tournament is just three days away from tip-off. However, Hoopfest won’t be the only event in town that will attract business from across the country.

According to the Spokane Tourism Bureau, Visit Spokane, the National Square Dancing Convention will also be in town starting Wednesday. The bureau said the event will be the second largest convention in Spokane’s history. The convention’s organizers said they expect at least 5,500 dancers from around the world. City officials said the dancers in addition to the 225,000 Hoopfest players and fans means great things for the city’s economy.

Some dancers already arrived Tuesday and started spending money at local businesses. O’Doherty’s Irish Pub said they’re expecting big money from the event.

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“We are very excited. It’s our second biggest weekend of the year next to St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We are ready for the crowds,” said employee Gabriel Wood, “It’s crucial. It can make or break our whole summer or sometimes our whole year. So we rely on events like Hoopfest and Bloomsday.”

Visit Spokane estimates the Square Dancing Competition will pump $14 million into the local economy in addition to Hoopfest’s $38 million.