ESTERO, Fla - Hundreds of inline skate hockey families have rolled into Germain Arena for the big NARCh finals. The roller skate hockey tournament attracts athletes and their families from all over the country. Some of the families have never been to Fort Myers.
"We've never been to Fort Myers, nope," said, parent, Ward Scott.
Scott and his son, Lance, are from Colorado.
Lance's first thoughts about Southwest Florida: "Really hot and humid," he said.
Lance's family, and many others, will take up a total of 13,000 nights at local hotels, not to mention spending money at restaurants, shops and more.
"This is pretty big," said Scott, "most people, I think when it's in a location like this, they just make a vacation out of it and stay longer than just the tournament."
The Lee County Sports Department estimates the tournament will generate about $7 million to Southwest Florida businesses.
"When you add the 4,200 kids that are playing in this tournament and approximately 6,000-7,000 parents that are enjoying them," executive director of Lee County Sports Department, Jeff Mielke explained, "and then you multiply that times the average of five days here, you get your $7 million pretty easily."
While, for two weeks, it's game on for the athletes, it's also game on for the businesses. The tournament isn't just teams playing against other teams; there are also skill competitions, races and shootouts. For a complete list of events, visit the NARCh website.