For the first time in almost twenty years, Wichita Falls-not Lubbock-is hosting the Texas Six Man Coaches Association Conference and All-Stars Camp and Games. Four hundred coaches and over two hundred athletes, as well as their families, will be coming to the Falls for the week long event.
Lindsay Greer, the director of the Wichita Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, spoke about the process of bringing the conference from Lubbock back to Texoma.
"We actually bid against Lubbock, because they were wanting to hold onto it of course, said Greer. "But it was time for a change, according to the board of the Six Man Association. They liked everything we had to offer."
The influx of players, coaches, and families will provide a tremendous economic impact for the city of Wichita Falls. Greer puts the monetary amount near nine hundred thousand dollars.
"These folks are going to be out doing evening activities, eating in the restaurants, of course staying in the hotels. I anticipate that number will go up."
While the Coaches Conference will take place at The Hotel at Wichita Falls, most of the All-Stars Camp and Games will occur on the campus of Midwestern State University. Greer emphasized the importance of the event for not just MSU, but the community as well.
"We did know going into this that this was going to have a significant impact on MSU most importantly, and we wanted to showcase MSU. A lot of these athletes could possibly attend MSU so it is a great showcase event to show off the campus. But, we have teams practicing at City View Football Field, we have them practicing at Iowa Park so some of our communities are also going to benefit from having these kids there for practices and such."
Most of the activities this week are for the coaches and athletes, but the games at the end of the week are open to the public. There are two football games, one on Friday and one on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, as well as two basketball games on Saturday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tickets are five dollars per person for those ages six and over.