Editorial: New sporting events in Alabama

The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Thursday, April 1, 2010:

Several exciting national and international sporting events are coming to our region this spring.   April will be especially busy.  Every year Talladega draws 10s of thousands of raving fans for our spring NASCAR race.  But, this will be the first year that we welcome the likes of Danica Patrick and other Indy drivers to the Barber Motor Sports track for The Grand Prix of Alabama, April 9 thru 11.  And World Class tennis will be played at the BJCC when some of the biggest names in women's tennis come to Birmingham on April 24th and 25th.  In May, the highly respected Regions Golf Tournament returns.

Most communities would be thrilled to have just one of these events, and we are fortunate enough to have attracted all of them.  The local revenue generated by each of the sporting events…hotels, meals, etc. couldn't be coming at a better time.

We'd like to applaud everyone whose time and efforts made this happen for our region…well done and  congratulations!!

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