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United Leasing Championship brings multi-million dollar impact to the area

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The United Leasing Championship continued on Sunday at Victoria National, and once again, the tournament left the community in good financial shape. 

Tournament director Becky Kasha says the tournament has a multi-million dollar impact on the community that extends from hotels to restaurants to gas stations.

Area business owners say they hope the tournament continues for many years to come.

"We anticipate that the economic impact of this tournament every year is about
$1.4 million of just direct expenditures," Kasha says.

Those direct expenditures include money spent on food, hotel rooms, and gas, but tournament Kasha says the real economic impact of the United Leasing Championship isn't as easily seen.

"There's something called indirect economic impact. They estimate that to be more closer to $5 million over the three years of the tournament," Kasha tells 14 News.

Kasha calls that indirect impact, a ripple effect. The tournament produces higher demand, meaning more employees, and more employees means a stronger cash flow.

"Due to that tournament, we definitely saw a spike in business, for sure," says Chase Oswald, the manager at Bar Louie. 

"It has been a better than average weekend. So, I have to certainly attribute it to that," Knob Hill Tavern owner Dan Kollker says. 

Kasha says over 10,000 people attended the tournament this week. Restaurant owners in both Newburgh and Evansville say they were at capacity more than once this weekend.

"In fact, some of the faces we did see this year were here last year. I think it builds," Kollker says.

"We hope it keeps on going. It's great for business, great for the other businesses around here too. So, it's a good deal for everybody in the community," Oswald says.

Next year will be the third and final year of the tournament's current agreement with Victoria National, but those 14 News spoke to on Sunday are optimistic another deal will be made to extend the tournament's presence in the Tri-State for several more years. 

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