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Three new youth sporting events headed to York County over next six months

STAFF REPORT
YorkDispatch

The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced that it will welcome The Crusade & Columbus Day Duals wrestling competitions this weekend.

It's the first of several new sports events joining York County's athletic calendar stretching from now until early next spring.

In total, three new major youth sporting event weekends have been booked in York County to take place between this Saturday and the beginning of April 2016.

This moves the total of major sporting events occurring over the next six months from five to eight. The eight events combined are anticipated to generate total economic benefits for York County of approximately $8 million, according to the YCCVB.

More than 800 participants are expected in York County on Sunday alone as part of The Crusade & Columbus Day Duals. Wrestlers participating in the events, which will occur Saturday and Sunday respectively, range in age from elementary school through high school.

Additionally, about 1,000 participants are expected in January as part of the related Tyrant Duals event, which will also be new to York County. Both events are run by Tyrant Wrestling and will be held in the York Expo Center's Utz Arena. The age range for Tyrant Duals wrestlers is elementary school through eighth grade.

Another new event booked by the YCCVB is the Keystone Regional Volleyball Association's Girls' 12U-17U Bid Tournament, which will take place in early April 2016 at the Utz Arena. The volleyball players will range in age from approximately 12 years old through high school. Approximately 1,200 total participants are anticipated.

The YCCVB's Sport York initiative also recently rebooked the Keystone Open Indoor Field Hockey Championship, which was up for renewal. It will continue to be held at the Utz Arena.

"No matter the season, York County is bringing its best game in the name of infusing visitor dollars into our local economy, while at the same time enabling and contributing to outstanding opportunities for young athletes," said Anne Druck, president of the YCCVB in a news release.

York County's current lineup of new or returning sporting events booked and hosted by the YCCVB through early April 2016 is listed below. New events are in bold.

The Crusade & Columbus Day Duals, Oct. 10-11, 2015.

PIAA Golf Championships, Oct. 26-28, 2015.

Keystone Open Indoor Field Hockey Championships, Dec. 12, 2015.

Tyrant Duals, Jan. 9-10, 2016.

Martin Luther King Kickoff Classic, Jan. 16-18, 2016.

MAC Swimming Championships, Feb. 11-14, 2016.

PSAC Swimming Championships, Feb. 17-20, 2016.

KRVA Girls 12U-17U Bid Tournament, April 2-3, 2016.