As Gymnasts Go for Gold, Dallas Goes for Green

Event expected to bring $4.3 million to North Texas

By Omar Villafranca
|  Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009  |  Updated 11:49 PM CDT
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Athletes Pump Millions Into N. Texas Economy

The Visa Championships will pump an estimated $4.3 million into the local economy.

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Athletes Pump Millions Into N. Texas Economy

The Visa Championships will pump an estimated $4.3 million into the local economy.
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The biggest names in United States gymnastics are competing for the gold at this week's Visa Championships at the American Airlines Center. But the city of Dallas is more concerned with winning the green -- green money, that is.

Dallas County is expecting a big payday as athletes from all over the country sleep, eat and shop in the Dallas area.

Dustin Clark, of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the event is expected to drop $4.3 million into the county's coffers.

Bill Aycock knows firsthand about the money being spent. The Orlando resident is in town to support his son, Wyatt.

Aycock said the trip will cost him a pretty penny.

"There's two of us here, (and) we have to pay half the coaches fee. You're probably talking about $2,200 or $2,300 total. That's food, taxi (and) hotel," he said.

But Aycock said he's fine with the cost, because his son loves the sport.

"I don't mind spending the money, because he works hard at it, he's a good kid, (and) he does well in school," Aycock said.

His son won two silver medals in the16- to 18-year-old junior division for the pommel horse and floor exercise.

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