OSAA tourney brings much needed money into Coos County

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The 3A state tournament always proves to be a big boost for this area's economy, and this year proved to be no different.

Visitors packed the hotels and restaurants, and even got heavily involved in social media during the tournament.

Katherine Hoppe, the director of the Coos Bay North Bend Visitor's Center, says this year stood out. "I think the tournament this year was probably one of the best I've seen as far as the excitement level," she said.

The hotels were sold out for the most part, which trickled down to benefit all other businesses in the area, especially the restaurants. "I had a chance to talk to one of our downtown restaurants yesterday and asked him how business was, and he told me business was up 30% over the previous weekend," said Hoppe. "That it felt like a summer day."

Hoppe says the monetary impact was great. "Overall, it was just really good for our area, we estimate about a $500,000 impact."

One area many people got involved was in the #3ACoosBay social media contest.

During the tournament over 600 photos were posted, and roughly 2,000 messages were tweeted with the hashtag. "Everyone really took it to another level, they used it to give game updates, to talk to one another, to connect, to ask for advice and to post photos," Hoppe said.

The good news for this area is that the OSAA hasn't discussed the possibility of the tournament changing locations anytime in the near future.