Let the Games Begin, New Haven!

More than 2,500 young athletes and their families could drop over $2 million this summer.

The City of New Haven thinks it is the winner, when the Amateur Athletic Union's bringing its multi-sport Northeast Zone Championship - and 2,500 athletes and family members - to the Elm city this summer.

Last year, New Haven hosted a single event.  This time, they'll hold seven.

The union is a non-profit, volunteer sports organization for athletes ages 9 to 14. 

"We are anticipating over two million dollars in economic activity which is great in this economy for a first time event," said Betsy Herlihy, a business development executive for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

The city is an ideal spot for the tournament because it's a centralized location for athletes, and it can accommodate the sports teams.

"New Haven is typically a two to three hour drive to most places in New England and New York, which makes this an ideal location for this type of tournament," said Connecticut A.A.U. Governor Jack Bethke.

"New Haven is able to compete for this event because frankly we have a wealth of athletic facilities," added New Haven Mayor John DeStefano.

The event will be held July 1-7.

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