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State volleyball provides spike in Cedar Rapids economy


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)- For many fans it's an exciting time.

For Bob Fessler it's even twice as nice.

"Big week for the Fessler family, we're really looking forward to it."

Fessler is in Cedar Rapids coaching his daughter and the Pella High school volleyball team in the state tournament.

Then, it's off to Cedar Falls Monday, to watch his son play football in the state 3A semifinals.

"With all the ticket costs and gas the way it is, and travel, it takes a lot of planning, quite a lot a bit of thought," said Fessler.

Thousands of players and fans like Fessler will be spending the weekend away from home, pouring money into the host city's economy.

Since 1991 the state volleyball tournament has been held in Cedar Rapids, and...and the surrounding community has felt its economic benefits.

Restaurants like Sub City have ordered more food and are preparing to do more business this weekend.

"Usually there's a line out the door," said Shawna Lane, owner of Sub City.

Tim Boyle with the Cedar Rapids visitor bureau says the tournament gives the local economy a $1.8 million boost each year.

"We're thrilled that the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union is willing to return to Cedar Rapids every year and invest in us and our recovery," Boyle said.

For Fessler, two state tournaments in two cities may add up to an expensive week.

But he says, he wouldn't trade it for the world.

"Factor in the ticket costs, parking costs, a hotel here and there if you need to, but again these are memories for a life time."

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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