The Huntsville Sports Commission reported the COVID-19 pandemic has cost the city more than $4 million in lost revenue due to event cancellations or postponements.
Combined, these events had a projected economic impact of approximately $4,004,503 translating to a loss of approximately 8,191 hotel room nights. These numbers do not include projected economic losses from the Huntsville Championship golf tournament postponement.
“The cancellation of events has had the greatest impact on our partners in the hospitality industry,” said Ralph Stone, the sports commission’s executive director. “Each event cancelled correlates to hundreds of people not staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants and shopping in our stores.”
The commission’s primary role is to identify, recruit, promote and stage sports events and meetings in Huntsville.
The events include the CCSA Volleyball Championship, Tennessee State Water Polo Championship, AHSAA State Soccer Playoffs, National Fast Pitch Tournament, AAU Girls State Basketball Tournament, Adult Alabama 3.0 & 4.0 State Championships, Andy Jackson Softball Showcase, Huntsville Invitational Lacrosse Tournament and the Rocket City Basketball Invitational.