The 2011 Bluegrass State Games generated $6.9 million in economic impact to the region, according to a study released Wednesday by the Bluegrass Sports Commission. The organization paid for the survey, which was done by the University of Kentucky.
Games participants and spectators spent approximately $1.2 million on lodging, $2.6 million on food and $1.6 million on fuel.
"The results of the survey indicate the continued importance of the Bluegrass State Games as a key contributor to tourism's economic impact in the Bluegrass," said Jason Swanson, UK assistant professor of hospitality management and tourism. "This helps illustrate the popularity of youth and adult sport tournaments, in general, and the Bluegrass State Games, in particular."