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Annual flag football tourney returns to Roswell

Casey Torres
May 25, 2018 06:59 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. — More than 500 volunteers have been working hard to prepare 42 fields for the 2018 Hike It and Spike It Charity Flag Football Tournament.

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This year, 550 teams from across the country will duke it out to win cash prizes.

  • First place: $3,000
  • Second place: $2,000
  • Third place: $1,000

Cla Avery, a local organizer of the tournament, said it's the world's largest four-on-four flag football tournament and the second-largest event in the state.

"The Roswell Police Department estimates that somewhere between 42,000 and 45,000 people over the three days come out onsite," he said. "It's a monster event."

Avery said about 6,000 vehicles are parked onsite as well and when drivers leave, more arrive. He added that team members, family members and spectators from across the country help out the local economy.

Hotels are booked and gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores will see big earnings like last year, said Avery.

"We were able to generate over $3 million in direct economic impact for Roswell and Chaves County over the Memorial Day weekend (last year)," said Avery.

As the money turned over seven times in the community, Avery said there was an estimated $15 million in indirect economic impact. Business owners like Anne Baker are looking forward to the weekend’s economic boost.

"Every year we get more and more people in. It’s really fun. They come in droves between games, we get swamped. And then they’re gone and they go play and then they come back," said Baker, who owns Stellar Coffee Co. "Everyone’s having a good time, it’s really good for the town." 

The tournament is on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27 at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area at 1612 West College Blvd. There is no admission fee. All proceeds will go toward the United Way of Chaves County.

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