Economic Impact

Hosting an NJCAA Championship Event can potentially be a significant economic boom for a community.

But don’t take our word for it, here are some comments directly from past and current NJCAA Championship hosts on the economic impact these events have had on their community.

Division I Baseball Championship – Grand Junction, Colo.
“So, if you take the multiple of that times seven, which is annual chamber of commerce survey, then you’re looking at $3.5 million to $4 million in economic impact during the week,” said tournament chairman Jamie Hamilton. – WesternSlopeNow.com – May 25, 2015 

Division II Baseball Championship – Enid, Okla. 
All these people fill up hotels, eat at restaurants and shop – adding up to about $4 million in economic impact locally. – Enid News.com – May 21, 2015

Division I Women’s Basketball Championship – Lubbock, Texas
A consultant hired by Visit Lubbock Sports projects a nearly $1.8 million annual economic impact from the NJCAA women's tournament the city will host for the first time next month. – LubbockOnline.com – February 25, 2016

Division I Women's Soccer Championship - Melbourne, Fla.
Eastern Florida's Melbourne Campus facility is also home to the NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championship through 2016 - which brings an economic impact of about $1.1 million based on the Department of Commerce model. - Space Coast Daily - April 9, 2015

Division I Men’s Soccer Championship – Martinsville, Va.
The PHCC staff collaborated with staff of the sports complex and the EDC's Tourism Division for nearly two years to plan the event, which was won in a competitive bid process. That effort paid off for the community. Based on figures from past events hosted by the NJCAA, an economic impact of more than $1 million was projected for the event. This figure included lodging, meals, fuel, shopping, contracted services and other expenses throughout the community. – Martinsville Daily - December 9, 2015

Division II Men’s Basketball Championship – Danville, Ill.
The national viewership of the NJCAA Basketball Tournament brings a lot of eyes to Danville. The Visitor's Bureau said the games brought in at least $1.5 million in revenue this year and is easily within the top 3 money makers for the city.  – Fox WCCU Illinois – March 21, 2016

Division II Women’s Basketball Championship – Overland Park, Kan.
“The NJCAA Tournament is a great opportunity for the City of Overland Park to showcase why it’s such a fantastic destination for amateur sports,” said Justin Stine, director of the Overland Park Sport Alliance. “Hotel room nights will be generated as well as increased traffic to our area restaurants, attractions and shops. Several components of our local tourism industry will benefit by the tournament being her and the economic impact is estimated to reach almost $200,000.” – Johnson County Community College – March 6, 2014



~ IMPACT NUMBERS ~

The NJCAA is in the midst of a comprehensive study that will provide further details as to the potential dollar amount a typical NJCAA Championship can bring to a host community. The NJCAA is a rights holding member of the NASC (National Association of Sports Commissions) and is committed to improving its annual events through strong partnerships with current and future hosts that understand and appreciate their significance. Below are statistics for each NJCAA Championship Event that contribute significantly to the economic impact to a host community.

SPORT # Teams # Participants Max Champ Length
Men’s Division I Baseball 10 320 7 days
Men’s Division II Baseball 10 320 7 days
Men’s Division III Baseball 8 240 7 days
Women’s Division I Basketball 24 450 6 days
Men’s Division I Basketball 24 450 6 days
Women’s Division II Basketball 16 320 5 days
Men’s Division II Basketball 16 320 5 days
Women’s Division III Basketball 8 160 4 days
Men’s Division III Basketball 8 160 4 days
Men’s Bowling 20 100 4 days
Women’s Bowling 12 85 4 days
Women’s Division I Cross Country 35 275 2 days
Men’s Division I Cross Country 40 300 2 days
Women’s Division III Cross Country 12 100 2 days
Men’s Division III Cross Country 15 125 2 days
Men’s Division I Golf 25 125 5 days
Men’s Division II Golf 20 125 5 days
Men’s Division III Golf 15 100 5 days
Women’s Golf 15 115 5 days
Women’s Half Marathon 10 75 2 days
Men’s Half Marathon 15 85 2 days
Men’s Lacrosse 4 190 3 days
Women’s Lacrosse 4 100 3 days
Women’s Division I Soccer 12 320 5 days
Women’s Division III Soccer 8 200 2 days
Men’s Division I Soccer 12 320 5 days
Men’s Division III Soccer 8 240 3 days
Women’s Division I Softball 16 320 4 days
Women’s Division II Softball 16 320 4 days
Women’s Division III Softball 8 200 4 days
Women’s Swimming and Diving 13 70 5 days
Men’s Swimming and Diving 10 60 5 days
Women’s Division I Tennis 25 230 6 days
Men’s Division I Tennis 25 230 6 days
Women’s Division III Tennis 11 80 6 days
Men’s Division III Tennis 8 80 6 days
Women’s Indoor Track and Field 12 200 2 days
Men’s Indoor Track and Field 15 200 2 days
Women’s Division I Outdoor Track and Field 20 250 3 days
Men’s Division I Outdoor Track and Field 20 250 3 days
Women’s Division III Outdoor Track and Field 20 110 3 days
Men’s Division III Outdoor Track and Field 20 110 3 days
Women’s Division I Volleyball 16 240 4 days
Women’s Division II Volleyball 16 240 3 days
Women’s Division III Volleyball 8 150 3 days
Men’s Wrestling 40 260 3 days


The following championships, although listed separately above, are normally hosted at the same site and at the same time:

Men’s & Women’s Bowling
Men’s &Women’s Division III Cross Country
Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving
Men’s Division I & III Tennis
Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Men’s & Women’s Division I Outdoor Track and Field
Men’s &Women’s Division III Outdoor Track and Field

**Sanctioned NJCAA football bowl games are not included on this chart. The typical football team in the NJCAA has anywhere from 60-100 team members.


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