Posted by James Jahnke
Detroit Free Press Sports Writer
Detroit will host the 2013 Amateur Athletic Union Junior OlympicGames, the Detroit Sports Commission announced today.
The event will be held July 24-Aug. 3.
“We are proud to host the AAU Junior Olympic Games for a third time,” DSC executive director Dave Beachnau said in a released statement. “As it has done in years past, the event delivers a significant economic boost to the local economy. From hotels to restaurants to shopping malls, everyone will receive a nice
shot in the arm from the visitors in town.”
Detroit previously hosted the games in 2003 and 2008. The event expects to attract more than 50,000 people, including 18,500 athletes and coaches from across the United States. The economic impact for the metro region is
estimated at more than $50 million.
The 20 events include wrestling, field hockey, jump rope, sport stacking, track and field, gymnastics, weightlifting, swimming, table tennis, karate and tae kwon do.
“The metro Detroit area has very much to offer our participants,” AAU Junior Olympic Games national chair Paul Campbell said in the statement. “We look forward to seeing our athletes, coaches and fans in Detroit next summer. Detroit does it better.”
The Cobo Center will house most of the events, but track and field — which features 10,500 athletes — will take place at Eastern Michigan’s Rynearson Stadium.