Home of the 7on7 tournament uncertain

POSTED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 4:56pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- Every summer the state's 7on7 tournament is held on Texas A&M's campus but the future of this tournament is now in jeopardy as the Aggie's get ready to head to the SEC.

Fox 28's Lauren Holman spoke with the Convention and Visitors Bureau today to find out what they're doing to try and keep this local tournament coming back year after year.

It's been a College Station tradition since its inception in 1998 but this summer, the 7on7 tournament could be moving thanks to a ban by both the SEC and the NCAA against the competition.

"We've been working with A&M's compliance department to contact the SEC," said Kindra Fry. "Now the NCAA has gone and done the same ruling across the board so now we will need a yes from the SEC and a yes from the NCAA."

More than 125 different teams from around the state of Texas travel here to College Station bringing in roughly around $800,000 each year.

Kindra Fry, with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, says they're doing everything they can to keep the three-day tournament here because of it's large economic impact on the community.

"We have a backup plan as well. We have Veterans Park that can house all the fields that we need for the entire three days, which is very important for the state board to have that."

For now, it's a waiting game but Fry says she's hopeful about the outcome.

"I'm hoping that they are seeing what we're doing to keep it here and that we are pulling every stop that we can to make sure it stays in this community."

An official decision about the 7on7 tournament could come as early as next week.


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