Two thousand athletes are here from around the united states and canada to participate in the 35th annual simplot games in pocatello at the holt arena.
Summer Joy joins us live from the holt arena as the games begin to share with us how the athletes are bringing much more than their talent to pocatello…
Having the nation's premier high school indoor track and field event here not only benefits the athletes who get to compete, but our economy.
The Simplot games conducted an economic survey and found that the Simplot Games bring in six million dollars of outside money to our economy.
"The Holt Arena with this track it's kind of a world class facility, I mean, this is one of the only venues in the country like this," said Greg Burch, the Meet Director.
Almost every hotel in Pocatello will be sold out over the next three days and as of yesterday there was only one hotel that had vacancy. Last year Townplace suites not only filled up Pocatello's hotel, but also Blackfoot and in Idaho Falls. All 93 rooms are booked at Townplace suites tonight in Pocatello.
"I know us personally we got 93 rooms and generally we are running about 80 to 90 percent occupancy and during Simplot we are at 100 percent," said Molly McBride, the Assistant General Manager at Townplace Suites.
With all these out of town visitors it means a lot of eating out. Speaking with the manager at Ruby Tuesdays, he says right now they are seeing twice as many customers as they usually do.
"The biggest benefit is that it helps everyone involved like our employees and this year already gained a lot of business with reservations, people calling in we also did a lot of stuff to help promote it," said Manny Molina, the Manager at Ruby Tuesdays.
Greg Burch from the Simplot Games, says that the Simplot games not only benefits these amazing high school athletes by giving them an opportunity to compete with the best in the nation, but help the Pocatello community continue to thrive.
"It's a gesture toward the community to bring in, one, an entertaining event and 2, to help stimulate activites within our community and help economically. To help businesses do well and I know J.R. has always felt that it was important to give kids an opportunity and this building tied with their resources has made a great opportunity for a lot of youth for 35 years now," added Burch.
It's going to be an exciting weekend not only out here at the holt arena, but for the community as well.
If you would like to see some of these high school students compete in track, pole vaulting, or weight throws, you can click on the link below that takes you to the Simplot Games weekend calendar.