by Amita Patel
Planning a sporting event is a daunting undertaking. However, when executed successfully it provides great joy and sense of accomplishment. Most importantly, it boosts community spirit while generating tourism dollars for the city coffers.
In 2011, I was involved in planning the Western States Police and Fires Games (2011 WSPFG) in Ontario, Southern California. The economic impact to the city was roughly $10 million with 2,500 RNS and more than 4,000 athletes, utilizing 55 different venues.
While the planning at times posed challenges, its overall success can be attributed to the following key factors: