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'Good for Langley': Thousands of students, families help boost economy during basketball provincials

Last Updated Mar 4, 2020 at 11:11 am PDT

The Charles Hays Rainmakers are hoping to once again cut down the net as champions in the 2A tier. (Courtesy Garrett James, Langley Events Centre)

The BC High School Basketball Provincial Championships are back in Langley

Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese said the tournament is a 'good economic boost'

With so many students and families visiting, Froese said hotels and restaurants are also busy

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) – Students from around the province are visiting Langley this week, playing basketball and spending money.

The B.C. High School Basketball Provincial Championships mean good things for the local economy, according to the Township of Langley’s mayor.

“I’ve got some stats from 2018 from the provincial championships in Langley, and we’ve found that there’s $1.9-million in initial expenditures, and then another $1.9-million of visitor spending that were attributed to the event,” Mayor Jack Froese explained. “So it’s a good economic boost for the Township.”

Froese said the tournament brings in more than 2,600 visitors and also creates jobs. He added it’s also a great event to showcase local talent.

“The atmosphere at the Langley Events Centre is just electrifying, you know, you’ve got all those young high school kids who are cheering their teams on especially when you get to the championship game,” he told NEWS 1130. “It’s a really fantastic sporting event, spectator event.”

The boys’ tournament starts on Wednesday and wraps up Saturday at the LEC.

With so many students and families visiting, Froese said hotels and restaurants are also busy.

“Throughout this month, we’ll have 168 teams in nine different tournaments — 366 games are going to be played, so it’s a big event. Lots of families come down with their students who are playing, and it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s a really good event, and it’s good for Langley.”

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-With files from Kelvin Gawley