BUFFALO, N.Y. – February 14, 2018 – Buffalo is swimming and diving central in February, as two championship competitions will take place downtown over the next two weeks and collectively generate over $1 million in economic impact.
Starting today through Sunday, Buffalo will welcome the return of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships featuring 11 college teams from throughout the Northeast. The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will then take place on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and continue through Feb. 24, featuring nine teams from throughout the state.
These competitions, each held at the Erie Community College’s Burt Flickinger Center, are another example of the city and region’s continued growth as a destination for college and amateur athletic events. The swimming and diving championships will bring in a combined $1.41 million in economic impact and fill nearly 2,000 hotel room nights.
MAAC has been choosing Buffalo as a swimming and diving venue for almost a decade, while SUNYAC has been coming to Buffalo for over 20 years. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the World University Games in Buffalo, which led to the construction of the Flickinger Center and enhanced Buffalo’s ability to host college and amateur athletic events.
“Swimming has the second highest attendance in the MAAC outside of the basketball championships and indicates the responsiveness of the fans to the Buffalo market,” notes Rich Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC. “This is in no small part due to the support of the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission in creating a welcoming environment for the student-athletes, families and fans in area hotels and restaurants.”
“The SUNYAC is excited to return to Buffalo for the annual swimming and diving conference championships. Coming to Buffalo is more than an event – it has become a tradition to compete at a terrific facility and in a great city,” said Thomas DiCamilo, Commissioner for SUNYAC.