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Albuquerque prepares to host 2019 National Senior Games

Kai Porter
June 13, 2018 06:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The City of Albuquerque is gearing up to welcome tens of thousands of visitors for a major sporting event next summer.

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The 2019 National Senior Games start in exactly one year.

The event is so big, city officials spent much of Wednesday celebrating, with a ‘Year Out Celebration’ at Civic Plaza.

Hazel Tull-Leach, executive director of the National Senior Games, says senior athletes from all 50 states and 9 countries will travel to Albuquerque to compete in 20 different sports.

An estimated 25,000 athletes, their families and friends are expected to bring $36 million to our state's economy.

“We have over 19,000 hotel rooms and the hotels are going to be ready for you,” said Tull-Leach. “We also have RV parks and we're also going to have the opportunity to use UNM student housing."

With so many people, APD Commander Paul Szych, says security is a top priority.

"We understand the more people that come into the city, 25,000, we have to be absolutely ready and that starts from the time they land at the airport to the time that they leave our city," he said.

Szych, who's in charge of security for the event, says the city plans to create a public safety video that athletes can watch before they arrive in Albuquerque.

"Even with the crime numbers trending downward, we're not resting for one second,” said Szych. “We understand that we have to keep the pressure on the bad guys to make sure that they don't ramp back up and go out there and do some of the activities that they've been involved in - stealing cars, breaking into cars, things of that nature."

The games will be held June 14 through 25 of 2019, at 17 different venues in Albuquerque and across the state.

For more information on the National Senior Games, follow this link.

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