TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Solheim Cup organizers are not lowering their expectations about the impact of the biennial women’s golf tournament on northwest Ohio as pandemic restrictions are lifted and construction moves forward.
It is expected to raise more than $ 30 million for the local economy and draw tens of thousands of people to the area. The current tournament between Team USA and Team Europe is planned Start group practice on August 31st at Inverness Golf Club. It ends with the championship on Labor Day, September 6th.
Local officials pay special attention to that Events around the tournament to make it an experience that is bigger than golf. Construction projects are underway across Toledo to give Glass City a facelift before the tournament to make the best possible global impression.
Expectations for the economic impact of the event remain high as Ohio lifts COVID-19 restrictions.
“Everyone stands behind it and rolls out the red carpet,” said Lance Woodworth, President and CEO of Destination Toledo. “Coming after COVID is such an important shot in the arm economically that we need it so terribly at the moment.”
Part of what determines the success of the tournament is fan involvement. ticket sales running, but the tournament, known for its vocal, patriotic fans, relies on the show of passionate European fans when it takes place on US soil. 8-10% of the tickets for every US tournament are sold to European fans, according to Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell.
According to Newell, around 3% of tickets sold for the Solheim Cup 2021 so far go to European fans. Many of them are still pending waiting for the travel restrictions to be lifted in time for the tournament.
“They want these fans in the stands,” said Woodworth, who watched the 2019 Solheim Cup in Scotland. “We want the European fans here. It really adds to the atmosphere. “
US ticket sales have seen a boom thanks to the lifting of health restrictions in Ohio. Michigan, California, Florida, and Texas are among the states with the highest number of ticket sales outside of Ohio.
Newell said she was pleased with the progress the organizers are making in preparing for the tournament; their sponsors and partners have been on board since day one and have accompanied the event through the pandemic.
However, she says the biggest challenge is finding enough local volunteers who are vital to running a global event that will be broadcast live in 220 countries. You can learn More about volunteering Here.
Woodworth and others have said the Solheim Cup will be the largest event Toledo has ever hosted. He hopes this will be the catalyst to bring more high profile events to the region.
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