MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – The State Games of Mississippi happened in June, but a recent study showed the games brought in millions of dollars to Lauderdale County.
The State Games of Mississippi partners with Mississippi State University every 5 years, to study the economic impact the games have on the local community.
The study compiles a list of spectators and athletes. Researching what they spend at hotels, restaurants, shops, on gas, and more.
Its 2016 study showed the games brought in $9.3 million.
In its 2021 study, organizers found the games brought in a record high of $12 million.
Over 5,000 amateur athletes from across Mississippi participated in the games this summer with over 15,000 spectators in attendance.
“We try to add sports each year and we just tweak the ones we have. We do more promotional stuff to get the athletes to come here and really with our volunteers and all the help that we have I think that made the impact go up so much. So,…