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This NCAA event in Columbus could bring $14M in economic impact, largest since Covid-19 started

December 15, 2021

Article originally published in Columbus Business First by Hayleigh Colombo

Columbus this week is playing host to the NCAA Division I women’s volleyball championship, an event with an estimated $14 million economic impact.

Organizers at the Greater Columbus Sports Commission estimate that the economic impact of the event is likely the largest of its kind since Covid-19 started.

There will be close to 19,000 people in Nationwide Arena for the national championship game on Saturday, said Linda Logan, the commission’s executive director, and officials are expecting a sellout. The national semifinal event on Thursday is also approaching a sellout.

In tandem with the championship, more than 2,700 people will be attending the American Volleyball Coaches Association conference, which is taking place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“This is a great event economically, (including) the fact that it is December business during a down time, typically,” Logan told us. “Just the financials of hosting a big event in the third week of December for the hotels and restaurants; everyone loves that as well.”

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