Huntsman World Senior Games bring economic boom to southern Utah

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (News4Utah) -It’s fun and money for the next two weeks in Southern Utah, as the Huntsman World Senior Games gets underway.  Thousands of athletes descending on St. George, and they have their wallets open. 

At the softball fields at the Canyons Complex, we ran into a lot of folks who were interested in both playing the game and spending some money locally. Byron Viger lives in St. George, and he manages a t-shirt store on site. He says hoodies are a popular item due to the cooler weather. 

At a nearby photo booth, they weren’t having a problem selling souvenir pictures. Josh Wilson is a photographer there. He says the Huntsman World Senior Games is one of our largest events they do. 

Players said they were here to spend. Cliff Furtafo is a softball player from Kauai, Hawaii. He says they’re renting cars, buying gas and spending on hotel rooms. He likens his time here, to tourists in Hawaii who do the same thing,

The games will last about two weeks.  The economic impact said to be in the millions.

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