Big lacrosse tournament draws thousands to Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Businesses in Chesterfield and surrounding communities are seeing dollar signs this weekend.

Girls lacrosse players from across the country have converged onto the county for a national tournament and a shot at college scholarships.

The IWLCA Capital Cup is underway in Chesterfield. The county is hosting the event for the first time and is banking on a huge turnout. For high school girls lacrosse players, it's a shot at college stardom! For local businesses, it's money in the bank.

"It's going to be a pretty nice situation in terms of economic impact," said Lee Corrigan with Corrigan Sports Enterprises.

An estimated 11,000 players, their families, spectators, coaches, support staff and vendors are in town for the Capital Cup.

"We have about 34 states representing so they're coming from as far away as California and the state of Washington and Denver, New York and New Jersey," said Corrigan.

Teams are moving between SportsQuest and nearby Clover Hill Athletic Complex. Tournament preparations began at both facilities earlier in the week to ready the fields.

"You always have to scale up for weekends like this," said Steve Burton with SportsQuest.

Players are vying for college scholarships. Coaches from top universities are looking for the best.

"By being here it increases the draw of wanting to play in front of what they hope are future scholarship deciders," said Burton.

"It's really is win-win for everyone," said Corrigan.

Corrigan estimates the tournament will sink between $5 and $10 million into the local  economy. Everything from hotel rooms to meals at restaurants.

"It's really good for the businesses and everyone around here," said Dolce Vita restaurant manager, Jessica Higgins.

Higgins shuffled staff schedules to meet demand.

"When they're not playing games, it's a lot more business," said Higgins.

4800 hotel rooms, from Midlothian to Short Pump, are booked for the weekend. Some sold out.

"I can tell you getting a room here this weekend is a tough, tough thing," said Corrigan.

The tournament runs through Sunday, according to the Richmond Metropolitan Convention Visitors Bureau, tournament guests started booking hotel room in October and November of last year.

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