Stateliners Hope Lacrosse Tournament Provides Economic Boost

Maintenance crews are working hard to get the fields ready for Rockford's first ever Lacrosse tournament.


Organizers say this tournament will have a huge economic impact on the city. Also, making sure the playing fields are in good condition is a must, if they plan on attracting future sporting events here.


Sportscore Two was also a key selling point in getting the tournament here.


Scott Pilkerton of the Rockford Park District says we had them on site, and they looked at the location, the plush green grass, and the parking and said where do we sign on the dotted line."


More then three thousand Lacrosse players and enthusiasts will be hitting the Stateline this weekend.


They will be staying in hotel rooms, eating at restaurants, and experiencing Rockford.   


Bridget French of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says "this may be the first time that a lot of these players and their families have come to Rockford and we want to be able to showcase what a great place this is to live."


Local businesses are also giving discounted rates this weekend to visitors.


Lino's Restaurant is one of the businesses gearing up for the weekend rush.


They too are hoping to leave a lasting impression.


Owner of Lino's Restaurant Joe Battista says "we depend on tourism to bring new people in so that we stay busy and stay busy longer."


And to make Rockford a destination for sports enthusiasts.


French says "sports tourism is really important to Rockford. We're hoping to retain, and regain our place as the first, and the Midwest capital of sports tourism.

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