By Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A hotel room in Bucks County may be tough to come by this weekend. A youth lacrosse tournament will bring nearly 8,000 people into the region providing a significant economic shot in the arm.
Now in its seventh year, the Patriot Games will feature more than three thousand athletes between ages 8-18 from 11 states across the country. They’ll travel here with their families and friends with nearly two dozen hotels from Bensalem to Quakertown providing lodging.
Visit Bucks County executive director Jerry Lepping says they’ll pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy and there’s a residual effect.
“What we see is a lot of these people are coming here for the first time and just the exposure you just can’t put a price on that because they come here and they say oh I wish we had more time.”
They find that people will come back later in the year to spend a long weekend and do some sightseeing. Tournament organizers say they like coming back to Bucks County because of its amenities and proximity to major highways. The tournament is free and open to the public.
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