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State Finals An Economic Boost To Hot Springs Economy

Three days of state finals ended tonight in Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS, AR -- After the Sunbelt Conference announced its leaving Hot Springs the High School Basketball Championship Finals became even more important for the city's economy.

And the fans did not disappoint.

Huge crowds gathered inside Summit Arena all throughout the day.

During three days of championship games, it's expected 55,000 people will have visited the city.

Lindsey Graham said, "We came straight over here. We knew it was going to be packed."

Graham and her family drove three hours from Cedar Ridge to Hot Springs to watch the state championship finals.

She said, "We got an excellent team."

Steve Arrison, the Visit Hot Springs CEO, said, "You have whole communities, they lock up shop and everyone gets in their cars and buses and they watch their kids play state championship."

Arrison said he's not concerned about the Sunbelt going to New Orleans because the state championships bring in millions of dollars in revenue and signing a three year contract will ensure that revenue for awhile.

Arrison said, "They come here to spend the night, buy their gas here before they go home, so it's a large economic impact."

The state championship finals began Thursday and wrapped up tonight.


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