7th annual Patriot Games Lacrosse Tournament brings 8,000 people to Bucks County

(Bucks County, PA) Returning to Bucks County for the seventh consecutive year, the Patriot Games Lacrosse Tournament will bring approximately 8,000 people to the area for a two-day tournament this weekend, July 19-20.

3,200 athletes from 11 states including Connecticut, Georgia, New York, Texas, Ohio, right here in Pennsylvania and more will travel to Bucks County for the competitive tournament for boys' ages 8 through 18. 164 teams total will compete in the tournament.

More than 20 hotels in Bucks County in Bensalem, Langhorne, Quakertown, Warrington, Levittown, Newtown and Warminster will provide lodging for athletes, coaches and their families.

What does this all mean? Major economic impact for Bucks County! According to Tourism Economics and Visit Philadelphia, visitor spending in Bucks County generates:

$877.3 million in local economic impact
$117 million in federal, state and local taxes
• Tourism supports 11,637 jobs locally

"Sports events like the Patriot Games help contribute to these overall tourism numbers," said Jerry Lepping, executive director for Visit Bucks County. "They stimulate the economy and jobs creation by filling hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops throughout Bucks County."

Scott Growney, co-director of the Patriot Games tells Visit Bucks County that lacrosse is very popular in New York (one of Visit Bucks County's target markets) and several teams from Long Island and upstate NY are traveling to the area to compete this year.

The Patriot Games returns to Bucks County again and again because of the county's prime location along the I-95 corridor, making the area easy to get to with plenty of reasons to come early and stay after the tournament.

For more information on the Patriot Games and their tournament schedule, please visit patriotgameslax.com. All tournaments are free and open to the public.

Contact: Jessica Lawlor
Communications Manager
Visit Bucks County
215 639 0300 x 227
JessicaL@visitbuckscounty.com

About the Bucks County Sports Commission

The Bucks County Sports Commission is a division of Visit Bucks County, the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The Sports Commission works to attract sports events and tournaments to the area, increasing overall visitation and generating economic impact for the county.

About Visit Bucks County

Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.