Birmingham area to see busy spring for sporting events

By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham metro area is scheduled to host several major sporting events in the next few months, and some city officials are calling it the busiest spring event season ever.

Those events include, the Indy car race at Barber Motorsports Park, A-Day Game in Tuscaloosa, The Federation Cup, and Talladega on the same weekend. And then there are the Regions Charity Classic, and SEC Baseball Tournament.

Over the weekend, the Bassmaster Classic at Lay Lake brought about $19 million into the local economy. Officials at the Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau said big events like that also bring priceless exposure for the city.

"You get great coverage," said Vice President of Convention Sales Michael Gunn, "You can't buy that kind of coverage. We are shown across the country. It's great we will have three times in next month we will be shown internationally."

President of the Alabama Sports Foundation, Gene Hallman, said as the city continues to host more big-time sporting events, it makes it easier to bring other similar events to the city. "When we have a successful Davis Cup, that leads to the Fed Cup," said Hallman.  "When we have a successful Indy car event that could lead to the next big event on the horizon. We have a great reputation that we want to expand upon. I think we can do that."

Hallman said the Alabama Sports Foundation is constantly working to bring more big sporting events to the city, and he anticipates a few more big announcements in the near future.

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