State Football Championship Games Show Huge Economic Impact in Auburn/Opelika Area
50,000 people are expected to make their way to the Auburn and Opelika area the next three days for the Super 7 High School Football Championship Games.
And with that brings a huge economic impact to the area.
“We look at this as an almost $3 million impact on our community. We also love hosting so we can show off our great area and of course the new recruiting center inside Jordan Hare Stadium. It’s great exposure for us and for the parents and students to get to see Auburn’s campus and everything it has to offer. It will be a fantastic time,” said John Wild, President of the Auburn/Opelika Tourism Bureau.
Every other year, the Auburn/ Opelika Tourism Bureau prepares with hundreds of volunteers for this big week.
“We hope to incent a lot of the teams. The football teams but also cheer and the bands staying in our hotels, eating at our restaurants and buying all the Auburn University gear and local retail merchandise that they can,” said Wild.
Those fans traveling in early Wednesday afternoon to get ready for the first game.
Central high school vs. Thompson high school.
“Thompson has not been to the championship game in 36 years. For my son to be in the game his junior year is indescribable and to see him kick in Jordan Hare, I can’t even put it into words,” said Sarah McGuire, Thompson High School Parent.
Central high school fans are pumped up as well.
For some freshman Red Devils, they are excited to witness a team who made it all the way to State their first year in high school.
“To see how far we’ve come and finally making it, it’s a big deal for everyone in town,” said Ellison Laney, Freshman at Central High School.
All around excitement for all the teams and the economic boost it will bring to the Auburn and Opelika community.