Fargo Scores Hockey Tournaments and Boosts Economy

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Many people might have notice more cars, people at restaurants and busy hotels around the Fargo area this week. It's all because of a state hockey tournament going on at Scheels arena. But this won't be the last we see of sports teams in the area, which exactly what the city is hoping for.

Hockey is a huge deal for North Dakotan's, for Fargo, it's a score for the economy.

"People come for our events, other youth events, like Squirt Hockey in the next couple weeks, so a lot of people will be in Fargo-Moorhead," says Todd Olson, Fargo's Student Activities Director.

Just last year, the 3-day Squirt International Hockey Tournament, brought in over $2.8 million dollars, in direct spending to the Valley. The Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau's Kaylee Mork says sporting events are helping bring a name to Fargo. Mork says Fargo has all the amenities of a city but with a small town atmosphere.

Hockey families from Lisbon, Grand Forks and Minot all grabbed a bite to eat after the game. Mexican Village Manager Amanda Nelson says this isn't uncommon.

"We've seen an increase in people and increase in reservations and sales," says Nelson.

That's exactly the game-plan the city had in mind. The last weekend of March, Fargo is set to host the "Sweet-16" for the NCAA West Regional Men's Hockey.

There's actually a bidding process and Fargo beat out places like the Twin Cities and even towns in Georgia.