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Quidditch event attracts 21 teams to town this weekend

Texas A&M Quidditch team members pose for a photo. The team will participate in the 2017 Southwest Regional Championship hosted at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station, Texas, Feb. 18-19. Photo source: www.facebook.com/texasamquidditch/

The Texas A&M Quidditch team will participate in the 2017 Southwest Regional Championship on Saturday and Sunday at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex. Photo source: Facebook.

By J.D. Wood, Tourism Manager

Now that our Super Bowl buzz is finally wearing off, College Station is turning its focus to a lesser known sport – Quidditch. And it’s for the same reason Houston and every other major city in America want to host Super Bowls.

The almighty dollar.

Veterans Park and Athletic Complex will host the 2017 U.S. Quidditch Southwest Regional Championship on Saturday and Sunday, bringing in 21 teams from five different states. It’ll be the first major Quidditch event hosted at a City of College Station facility, and we hope it won’t be the last. Admission is free.

Super Bowl tourism in perspective

Houston reportedly welcomed more than 1.3 million guests for the Super Bowl weekend, with economic impact estimates as high as $350 million for the entire metro. For one weekend, that’s pretty mind blowing.

But Houston couldn’t do it alone.

The state’s event trust fund paid $25.4 million to help build up to the big game, and Houston was asked to guarantee an impressive array of complimentary services. When Dallas bid for the 2011 Super Bowl, the trust fund awarded $32.1 million, and the city pooled its vast resources to win over the National Football League.

What does this mean for College Station?

Although College Station will never host a Super Bowl, Texas A&M’s collegiate events are the Super Bowl equivalent to our local economy. According to a recent study by A&M’s Division of Finance and Administration, Aggie sporting events and related campus activities attracted 1.3 million visitors and $385 million to the regional economy in 2013. The numbers for 2016 likely exceed those estimates.

The City of College Station and Bryan College Station Sports & Events capture bids on a variety of sporting events each year that add significant value to our community. The successful bid to host our first U.S. Quidditch regional will not only spur the weekend economy, but it could also lead to additional opportunities for us to host more Quidditch tournaments.

We expect the event to attract about 300 visitors who will spend money for two days on local hotel rooms, food, and entertainment.

How do we land these events?

College Station competes with other cities to host these types of events and the economic benefits they bring. But like Houston, we can’t do it alone.

The U.S. Quidditch bid manual describes what the organization typically asks of a host community in incentives and services. While it’s no Super Bowl request, it requires host communities to commit a significant level of time and resources.

The Parks and Recreation Department and Bryan College Station Sports & Events leveraged the Texas A&M Quidditch team’s participation in national and regional competitions to assemble our pitch.

Supporting new business for local hoteliers, retailers, and restaurateurs is what drives this effort, and Quidditch is certainly not the first successful pitch we’ve had. Here are a few other notable visitor-based events hosted by College Station thanks to winning bids submitted by our dedicated Parks and CVB sports event managers:

When it’s all said and done, these events will have attracted more than 50,000 visitors who injected $20-25 million into our local economy.

Free Quidditch youth clinic

Still not sure what to think? Come out to Veterans Park and Athletic Complex on Saturday or Sunday and see what sports tourism looks like in action.

As a friendly gesture to fans and curious onlookers, U.S. Quidditch will conduct a free clinic on Quidditch Field 3 to teach kids and young adults about the sport. The clinics will last about an hour and a half and will start at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, and at noon on Sunday.

They’ll provide the equipment, too, so no need to bring your broomstick.

We’ll see you this weekend at Veterans Park!

Source: U.S. Quidditch

Graphic: U.S. Quidditch

 


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J.D. Wood has been the City of College Station’s tourism manager since 2014 after serving as lead athletic supervisor for a year. His extensive experience in sports and tourism includes stints with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and Texas A&M Athletics. A native of Onalaska, J.D. earned his bachelor’s (2009) and master’s (2010) degrees in sports management from Texas A&M.


 

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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (about 5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Roadway Impact Fees: In the workshop, the council will continue its recent discussions about possible roadway impact fees that would be charged to new development to help pay for growth. A public hearing and formal action are scheduled for Nov. 10.
  2. Roadway Maintenance Fee: The council will have a workshop discussion on a draft ordinance and options for the roadway maintenance fee that’s included in the FY17 budget.
  3. Rezoning at Wellborn Road-Harvey Mitchell: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to rezone about 71 acres at the southeast corner of the Wellborn Road-Harvey Mitchell Parkway intersection. The change would allow for the development of townhomes, duplexes, and apartments as well as commercial uses.
  4. Highway 30 Rezoning near Veterans Park: After public hearings, the council will consider changing the land use and zoning designations for about seven acres of Highway 30 frontage across from Veterans Park and Athletic Complex. The changes would allow for commercial development.
  5. Highway 6 Rezoning north of Fitch: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to rezone about 58 acres north of Fitch Parkway on the east side of Highway 6. The change would allow for commercial development.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Ch. 19, or online. The website includes an archive of previous council meetings. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.

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@ColinKillian has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Feb. 25)

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Feb. 25. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:04 p.m.

The workshop has started. Councilman Karl Mooney and Councilwoman Julie Schultz are absent tonight.

7:11 p.m. (more…)


Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Oct. 22)

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ShowImageWelcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Oct. 22. It’s not the official minutes.

The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:44 p.m.

The workshop has started. 

5:52 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for workshop discussion:

  • Hike & Bike Trail Change Order: Kieschnick General Contractors was awarded a contract in May to build about five miles of hike and bike trail from Creek View Park to Lick Creek Park. After bidding, an engineering review discovered several items that needed to be addressed. To mitigate the cost, the scope of work was reduced by removing the trail section along Pebble Creek Parkway and adding bike lanes to the existing sidewalk along Pebble Creek Parkway. The change order reduces the contract amount by $182,397.60.
  • City Employee Loan Option: Through the Community Loan Center of the Brazos Valley’s Affordable Small Dollar Loan Program, city employees could get a low-interest loan of up to $1,000 and have their repayment installments deducted from their bi-weekly paycheck. The loans would be funded and administered directly through the Community Loan Center of the Brazos Valley.

6:20 p.m. (more…)


5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5:30 p.m.) and regular (7 p.m.) meetings. Here are five items to watch:

  1. Veterans Park and Athletic Complex Build-out: The council will hear a workshop presentation about Phase 1 of the Veterans Park and Athletic Complex Build-out. The $3.67 million project — funded with hotel tax revenues — would add two synthetic athletic fields, lighting, parking spaces, and other amenities.
  2. Special Presentations: Mayor Nancy Berry will proclaim October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month and Nov. 2-6 as Municipal Courts Week.
  3. Dominik Drive Sidewalks: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $66,000 contract for the construction of sidewalks on the south side of Dominik Drive between Stallings Drive and Munson Avenue. The project qualifies for a federal Community Development Block Grant.
  4. Comprehensive Plan/UDO Review: After a public hearing, the council will discuss the annual review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance.
  5. ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan: After a public hearing, the council will consider adopting the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan, which outlines how the city will improve accessibility for the physically challenged and fulfill federal requirements.

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See “The Avengers” Friday and honor our heroes

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“Humans … they are not the cowering wretches we were promised. They stand. They are unruly and therefore cannot be ruled. To challenge them is to court death.” – The Other, “The Avengers”

Join us Friday night at the American Pavilion in Veterans Park & Athletic Complex for a free showing of “The Avengers” on our big screen. Bring your friends, family, blankets and chairs for an evening of family-friendly fun. We’ll also be honoring our national and local heroes who fight for our country overseas and protect and serve us at home.

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