The Graham Aquatic Center will be a very busy place over the next month.
According to the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau (YCCVB), that's very good news for the local economy.
Thousands of athletes and spectators are expected to flock to the York YMCA facility for a trio of swim meets that are expected to drive almost $3.6 million into the community, according to the YCCVB estimates.
The action in York starts with two collegiate events, — the Middle Atlantic Conference Swimming Championships and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Swimming Championships. Those meets will be followed by the Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics Swimming Championships in early March, when youth swimmers from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey take to the pool.
All told, the YCCVB anticipates that more than 3,800 visitors will filter through York over the course of the three meets.
York has hosted the MAC and PSAC championships the past four years. Both events will return in 2018 and 2019. The Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics came to York for the first time in 2016 and agreed to return this year.
“York County’s sports visitors have the highest spending of any visitor type and generate the greatest economic return on investment for our community,” said Anne Druck, president of the YCCVB, in a news release. “Every returning event is a testament to our versatile facilities, exceptional value and convenient location.”
The Graham Aquatic Center will host the two collegiate events and join the Central York Community Natatorium to accommodate the influx of athletes participating in the Junior Olympics.
The MAC Swimming Championships are set for this weekend, Feb. 9-12, with nearly 889 visitors expected and an economic impact of $884,940.
The PSAC Swimming Championships are set for Feb. 16-19 with 786 visitors expected and an economic impact of $893,854.
Both of those college events will feature a number of former York County high school standouts who are now excelling on the college level.
The Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics are scheduled for March 2-5 with 2,145 visitors expected and an economic impact of $1,820,211.
All visitor and economic impact estimates were provided by the YCCVB.
In addition to the three upcoming meets secured by the YCCVB, the Graham Aquatic Center also hosts seven other swim meets that result in overnight stays.