CARROLLTON, GA – Carrollton High School, already home 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 as well as the boys and girls AAAAA state golf tournaments this month.
That brings three state championship events to Carrollton, a testament to the caliber of facilities – and service – the 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 this past November further demonstrated this commitment.”
The track and field state championships will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13, at Grisham Stadium. The golf championships will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 22-23, at Sunset Hills Country Club for the boys tournaments and Oak Mountain Golf Club for the girls.
Boys and girls teams from more than 100 schools will be represented between both classifications, bring hundreds of prep competitors to Carrollton for the two events, according to schedules published by GHSA. The track and field events will also include the state wheelchair division, featuring athletes who qualified from three schools.
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 $265 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.”
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.