This week it was announced that the SEC will bring the women’s basketball tournament to Jacksonville in the spring of 2016. This is exciting news for the city of Jacksonville, who ever since the Super Bowl in 2000 has been making constant improvements to the sporting facilities and accommodations and has been bidding for other large sporting events to come to the First Coast.
There are many who will look at Jacksonville’s interest in hosting sporting events, such as the international friendlies and NFL football games that come into town, as great opportunities to publicize Jacksonville. These are great ways to bring positive opinions to the First Coast, and this will ultimately help with property sales in Jacksonville, too—especially as the downtown area continues to be rejuvenated.
This will be the first time that Jacksonville hosts the women’s basketball college conference championship. The event won’t happen for another two years, but when it does there is a promising economic impact. In fact, experts predict that bringing the women’s SEC championship to Jacksonville will have a $5 million economic impact! That is fantastic news for the First Coast!
This tournament may mean jobs, but it will certainly mean tourism and a nice boost to the restaurant and hotel industry here in town.