State 7on7 tournament brings big bucks to CS

POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 4:28pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 4:23pm

COLLEGE STATION -- Well it may not be football season yet but more than 120 of the state's best teams are all in College Station this weekend going head to head for the championship title in the state's 7-on-7 tournament.

Lauren Holman explains how this free three-day event will bring in around one million dollars to the local economy.

This weekend 128 teams from all around the state of Texas are braving the sun and the heat in hopes of scoring the coveted 7-on-7 championship title.

"I don't want to be too cocky or jump ahead but we're here and we're here to win," said Cypress Creek senior strong safety, Trent Middleton.

The three day tournament, which began Thursday and ends Saturday, is expected to bring in around one million dollars even though the event is free and open to the public.

"These 15,000 people that are coming through our community are spending their money here in our hotels, they're spending it in our restaurants, shopping, the attractions and things like that that," said Kindra Fry with the BCS convention and visitors bureau.

7-on-7 has been held in College Station for the past 15 years but because of an NCAA ruling this is the last year the tournament can be held on A&M's campus, upsetting some of the players.

"It's such a historic campus, the facilities are so well kept so I would hate to see it leave A&M," said Cypress Creek senior quarterback, Dylan Pugliese. "It's just kind of, A&M is where 7-on-7 is, it's just the way it goes now."

Middleton adds, "Traditions like this, traditions should never change. Being here in College Station is great."

A decision about next year's tournament should be made within the next month.
 

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