Dec 10, 2019

Sports Force: First year provided $12.4M economic impact


Date: December 10, 2019

Author: John Surratt

Since opening in February, Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi has had a $12.4 million economic impact on Vicksburg.

“Our new sports complex has seen 135,000 visitors and brought $12.4 million to Vicksburg — our local economy in less than a year. That is phenomenal,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said as he announced the number at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. “I still contend that Vicksburg is on its way and you ain’t seen nothing yet.

“We’ve got to exceed our expectations for next year and continue this phenomenal growth for the city of Vicksburg. We can do it. I think we’re going to do it.”

The economic impact figure was part of the company’s annual report submitted to the city.

Built on 75 acres of the city’s Fisher Ferry Road property, Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi opened in mid-February with a softball tournament and has continued hosting baseball, softball and soccer tournaments.

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