CARROLLTON, GA – Carrollton High School, already a premier host of the Georgia High School Association state cross country championships since 1994, will now host the state track and field championships for boys and girls in AAAAA and AAAAAA classifications this spring as well as the boys and girls AAAAA state golf tournaments.
That brings three state championship events to Carrollton, a testament to the caliber of facilities – and service – our community has to offer, says Dr. Mark Albertus, Carrollton City Schools superintendent.
“It is a credit to Carrollton as a community that the Georgia High School Association has confidence in us,” he said. “We offer exceptional facilities and always commit to produce the best in organization and service. Hosting the state cross country championships for the 23rd consecutive year in just a few weeks will further demonstrate this commitment.”
While it is certainly a feather in Carrollton’s cap in terms of pride, bringing these events to Carrollton is also a financial boon to the local economy, says Jonathan Dorsey, executive director of the Carrollton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“Events such as the track meet bring thousands of people and millions of dollars in spending, including millions in state and local taxes, to our community each year,” he said. “And those dollars are spent and re-spent within our community many times over, so the impact goes way beyond the event organizers or the hotels or restaurants. Every person in the community will benefit in some way from this event and others like it.”
Dorsey said in 2015, Carroll County saw $150.98 million in overall tourism spending, up 9.4 percent over the previous year.
“Those dollars created or supported more than 1,300 local jobs and included more than $10 million in state and local taxes,” he said. ”Those taxes meant about $231 per Carroll County household of tax relief thanks to tourism spending. Tournaments and other athletic competitions are responsible for a big chunk of that spending.”
Craig Musselwhite, Trojan head track and field coach and organizer of the state cross country meet each year, said the two-day meet this Nov. 4-5 is scheduled to support 3,200 runners for 16 races and expected to bring 5,000 spectators to the Carrollton City Schools campus.
Dorsey said visitors who come to town for athletic competitions and other events on average spend about $50 a day into the local economy. If they stay overnight, it’s an average of about $100.
“And that is only direct impact estimates, with the money rolling over within the economy several times after the initial spending,” he said.
Carrollton High School Principal David Brooks, who served as CHS athletic director prior to his promotion this past spring, has worked closely with GHSA over the past several years and said he is excited about bringing the two new championships to Carrollton.
“I think everything we’ve done is really positive,” Brooks said. “Being considered to host these events speaks to our relationship with Georgia High School Association. It speaks to our body of work over the years of hosting these big events and the confidence that they have in us.”
The track and field championships will be held May 11-13 at Grisham Stadium and the golf state championships will be held May 22-23 at Sunset Hills Country Club for boys and Oak Mountain Championship Golf for girls.