COLLEGE STATION, TX — If you've driven around Aggieland recently, you may have noticed it's a lot quieter now without all the college students in town, but if you step into any one of the local high school gymnasiums this weekend you'll see that it's actually not so quiet after all.
"This year we'll have 56 teams and that's the biggest we've ever had," said Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau sports sales executive, Dominique Powell.
Throughout the course of the weekend more than 4,000 people from across the state, and even as far away as Mississippi, are expected to travel to College Station for the 12th annual McDonald's All-Star Invitational girls high school basketball tournament.
"This community has a lot to offer so we like to bring in these types of tournaments to showcase some of our attractions, our hotels and our restaurants," said Powell.
And during one of the slowest months of the year, that means big bucks for the local economy.
Powell says, "In a down time this is always positive for the community because we would never see the foot traffic like this without an event of this stature."
But the tournament doesn't just boost the economy. It also benefits the hundreds of student athletes who come to compete.
"They're getting to experience a lot of different things here that they probably wouldn't get to experience otherwise," said Sue Betts, A&M Consolidated's associate athletic director.
A tournament that's a win-win for everyone involved.
The invitational will wrap up Saturday evening.