The World Games leaders believe the perception-altering event has still done more good than bad. Still many on the council say they were left in the dark about how well the games were doing financially.
“Major sporting events like this routinely attract transnational criminal organizations and other bad actors involved in illicit criminal activity such as human exploitation crimes, drug trafficking and the sale of counterfeit merchandise.”
The World Games 2022 brought together people from all around the world, some of whom built connections that will last a lifetime. Almost at random, a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy spotted an athlete from his second home of Greece.
It was a sea of maroon and white at the Microsoft Tent. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs were giving people a taste of what it’s like to attend an HBCU, showcasing the University’s technology, talent and culture.
World Games and tourism leaders now looking at the international competition’s economic impact. According to World Games leaders, interest in the games has soared since opening ceremonies, with the latest numbers indicating a huge spike in ticket revenue over the last week.
“The World Games 2022 Plaza Team has recognized and heard the complaints from some of our vendors regarding the placement and promotion of the Merchants Market. Since learning about the concerns regarding the Merchants Market, we moved all Merchants Market vendors closer to the heart of The Plaza. We also added more marketing efforts to support our partners in this area."
Before the games started, officials were predicting around a $256 million economic impact in Alabama. City of Birmingham officials said it’s too early to tell exactly how numbers are tracking right now, but that crowd sizes they are seeing make them hopeful.
For a sumo wrestler from Guntersville, American roots run deep. Andrew Roden’s great-great-great-great grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War. It’s why competing for Team USA is about more than medals.
Eva-Maria Raudsepp, the only Estonian female sumo wrestler at The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, as well as the youngest and smallest female sumo at The Games, came to Birmingham without family or friends. As her competition wrapped up Sunday, she began feeling homesick.
If you’re planning to ride the line to the World Games this week, listen up! Organizers are changing one of the routes. The update applies to the Yellow Line route and involves some shifts to the pick-up and drop-off locations.
Several business owners say the public’s perception of the World Games road closures is hurting their bottom lines. Now some of those owners are speaking up and stressing they are not only open for business, but they are easy to get to.
Athletes and visitors for the World Games will be jumping from one venue to the next starting this week, and today city and World Games leaders demonstrated one of the bus lines that will connect the city from end to end.
Lt. Joni Money with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said there will be multiple officers at each event, some are in uniform so you can find them if you need them. But, others are in plain clothes. She said it’s just another added level of safety.