Study: Hockey Tournament Has Significant Impact

Wednesday, April 04, 2007
SNHU Communications Office

A recent economic impact study conducted by Southern New Hampshire University’s Sport Management Department shows that the NCAA Regional Hockey Tournament generated more than $1.3 million in direct economic activity and accounted for more than 450 hotel stays.

The direct impact of the tournament included hotel stays, the purchase of tickets, food and beverage consumption and parking. The findings were based on the economic activity of the NCAA Division I Regional Hockey tournament hosted by the University of New Hampshire and played at the Verizon Wireless Arena March 24 and March 25. 

“This study verifies what we have learned in the previous economic impact studies of the arena: that a significant amount of people who reside outside of Manchester come to the city for events and stimulate the local economy.  The added benefit of a tournament of this nature is the generation of hotel stays and additional food and beverage purchases.  The arena continues to be an economic engine for Manchester and the surrounding areas,” said Doug Blais, Ph.D., professor of sport management and chair of the Sport Management Department.

Please contact Professor Douglas Blais at 603.644.3145 for additional information.


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