Rapid City to see $3 million economic impact from Class AA Basketball Tournaments

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - Rapid City saw lots of basketball action this weekend, but all the excitement means an economy boost for the City.

This was the first Rapid City tournament that brought the Class AA boys and girls together under one roof.

With 16 teams competing for the state title, that meant a lot of economic impact for the city.

The Rapid City chamber of commerce estimates a large impact on the Rapid City economy.

"Most of the teams are from the East River, and we think that it's a greater economic impact on Rapid than it would be in Sioux Falls, because Sioux Falls people live in Sioux Falls so they're not spending money there,” said Julie Jensen, Executive Director of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce.

Jensen says that this year's economic impact is expected to be nearly $3 million.