State Sports Tournaments Bring in Money for Casper Economy

CASPER, Wyo. "A lot of businesses throughout the city benefit greatly from the tournaments coming in." Explained Karin East of Proud to Host the Best Committee.

Over one-million dollars were spent during last year's state high school basketball tournaments, with well over 13,000 sales tax dollars going back to Casper.

"We're really fortunate in that we have a local organizing committee 'proud to host the best' that helps us bring these tournaments to Casper." Said Brad Murphy of the Casper Events Center.

Proud to host the best committee members work alongside visit Casper staff, city leaders, Casper College, the Natrona County school district, and Events Center leaders to bring the tournaments to Casper and raise money to host.

"We have a lot to offer, we know how to host these events we do it well, we've got the right facilities that are comfortable and accommodating."

Every four years committee members take part in a bidding process with the Wyoming high school activities association to pitch Casper as the spot to be.

"Casper has a strong relationship with the athletic association so they know what they're getting when they come here and we know what to do to provide them a good product."

Last week's tournament drew about 8,800 people to the events center, while this week is expected to draw about 10,000.

"We want the tournaments to be successful, we want the parents to have a lot of enjoyment when they come here, we want the kids to feel like they're coming to do great things and coming to the big dance so to speak, on a Wyoming level. That's the goal that we try to meet when we have all these folks in town."

The 1a-2a tournament was held last week.

The 3a-4a tournament runs Thursday through Saturday this week.