Editorial: Take regional approach in sports tourism push

Sports events in Franklin generate about $1 million per year, but that number could increase significantly if the city worked to promote local facilities, according to recent studies.

According to the studies by two researchers, facilities at Franklin Community High School, Franklin College and local parks could host many more tournaments and competitions each year, if the city had an agency focused on bringing in new events. But the research also showed that the city would need to address a significant problem — a lack of hotel space.

The studies were completed by an Indiana University professor who specializes in sports tourism and the National Association of Sports Commissions. They were done as part of a plan the city, Franklin Community School Corp., Franklin College and Johnson Memorial Hospital have been considering to form a nonprofit group that would work to attract more sports events.

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