Salisbury, MD – The Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association held its Southern Regionals at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center (WY&CC) on April 10-12. The event, which brought over 3,300 participants including wrestlers, coaches and families to the WY&CC, generated an estimated $1.2 million economic impact for Wicomico County.*
Just under 1100 wrestlers competed in the Southern Regionals, traveling from other parts of MD, as well as DE, VA, WV, PA, NJ and DC. There were seven age divisions, which included wrestlers as young as five years old and adults over eighteen. In addition to the participating wrestlers, parents, coaches and siblings attended the event, creating a hotel room night demand of over 800 rooms. In addition to spending the night, visitors also shopped, dined and enjoyed the area’s attractions during their stay.
The Southern Regionals serve as a qualifier for the Eastern Nationals, which will bring an additional 1,200 wrestlers to the area on May 1-3. The National event is expected to generate an economic impact twice that of the Southern Regionals, at $2.4 million.
Wicomico County’s Tourism Division first brought the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association events to the area in 2006, and the organization has committed to hold both its Southern and National Regionals at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center through 2018.