DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama State Games that were scheduled to take place in the Wiregrass area have been canceled due to the pandemic.
“We we’re disappointed certainly but are in total agreement with their reasoning’s behind it,” visit Dothan president Aaron McCreight said. “Certainly the economic side of it hurts.”
The last time the games was in this area it had a $2.3 million impact on the economy. For Dothan, events like this are needed to help businesses who have struggled especially during the pandemic.
“Our business travel was not what it was before this,” McCreight said. “So we’re really during the week missing out on hotel stays, and restaurants and folks are still struggling out there. So what we can do to really move the needle is the group business and the group business in Dothan Alabama is youth and amateur sports.”
Mccreight said this event is the same level of the Future Masters in terms of what it does for the economy.
However, Dothan may have another tournament take place during the weekend the games were supposed to take place. So it’s not a total loss for the city.
“It’s a youth baseball tournament that we’re trying to bring in,” McCreight said. “We’ve been talking to them before, it’s a group that we know well, and knows the community well. We were on the phone with them immediately when we heard the news and said okay we all of a sudden have an open weekend.”