20,000+ basketball fans bring $2 million in business to local economy

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – More than 20,000 people will make their way into Trent Arena this weekend. And their bringing more than 2 million dollars worth of business into the local economy.

The national high school basketball invitational has been bringing big business to the Miami Valley for the last 14 years. More than 42 teams will play at Trent Arena this weekend. The Flyin’ To The Hoop Tournament has people coming to the Miami Valley from all across the nation.

“We got a packed house in the gym right now. I know people who have come as far as South Carolina, Texas, and Florida up here,” Tournament Founder Eric Horstman said. “As a matter of fact a little bit while ago, the head coach of USC flew all the way out here from California. He’s in the crowd right now.”

And with the fans come big bucks — spending money at area restaurants and hotels.

“We have a lot of people coming into the Dayton Airport flying in here they’re getting rental cars hotel rooms they’re getting gas they’re going to the convenient store they eating at the restaurants so obviously we have a lot that are contingent that are local,” Horstman said. “But even people coming for Clevleland, Akron, Cincinnatti spending the day up here.”

Horstman says he hopes to see the tournament continue to grow in the future.

“This year we probably have a dozen or so guys that will probably be in the NBA some point,” Horstman said. “Between the media the college coaches and the level of talent that we have it just kinda continues to grow each year and were just blessed to have it here at the Trent Arena.”

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