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SEP 2018

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Page 32 of 51 September 2018 33 t SPORT Report The movie "Fargo" is a cult classic, set on the windswept plains of North Dakota. This setting is also ideal for hosting big- time amateur wrestling events. The city hosts three major events each year at the FARGODOME: the North Dakota High School Activities Association State Wrestling Tournament in February; the USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior National Championships over the course of 10 days each July; and the Rumble on the Red Wrestling Championships, a high school tournament followed by a youth tourna- ment at the end of December each year. "There are an average of 54 teams that compete in the February event and we see around 700 rooms picked up for that event," said Kali Mork, director of sports for the Fargo-Moorhead Athletic Commission. She s hies away from using the term "economic impact" when discuss- ing events in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area, preferring instead "direct visitor spending," which she believes is more conservative in nature and doesn't rely on as many assumptions or any multipliers, unlike "economic impact." "For the state wrestling tournament, we estimate direct visitor spending at $157,500," she said. The USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior National Championships draw between 2,400 and 2,600 participants, in addition to their families, coaches, USA Wrestling staff and officials. "We typically see between 4,500 and 5,000 room nights generated by this event," Mork said. "That would be right around $1.1 million in direct visitor spending. However, this event is slightly different in that it also makes use of dormitories on the campus of North Dakota State University. We do not track those rooms, so our $1.1 million would tick up a bit if we incorporated the rooms at the dorms." The Rumble on the Red draws around 1,500 participants in the high school category, 850 in the youth individual tournament and 35 teams in the youth duals. "They average around 1,800 rooms per year, which works out to just over $400,000 in direct visitor spending," Mork said. She said her organization maintains "great working relationships" with various local wrestling groups. "Since they live and breathe the sport every day, they often hear of events that are up for bid before we do," she said. "A lot of times, having the local group involved is often a requirement in the bid specifications. We also set up appointments with wrestling event com- panies/nonprofits when we travel to sports conferences. The FARGODOME staff has the experience, equipment and volunteer base necessary to operate a wrestling event and operate it well." The city of Cleveland, Ohio, is a big market for sports. Residents of Cleveland and the surrounding communities pack Major League, National Football League and National Basketball Association venues. Cleveland is also a wrestling hotbed, despite having to compete with ► BIG PLACE BIGGER EVENTS Fairplex, home of the LA County Fair, is easily accessible and versatile – perfect for just about anything, including any sport. 909.865.4042 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA 91768 Plan your next event at our nearly 500-acre campus!

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