Raleigh, NC- Independence Day is quickly approaching and fireworks are about to light up the sky while more than 7,000 athletes along with family and fans put a spark in the area's economy during four major amateur sporting events taking place July 4-7. The economic impact of these events, which take place at some of the area's most stellar venues, is estimated to be almost $2.5 million.


"The roster of events taking place this weekend is amazing and some of these events like the USA Ultimate Open Championships are bringing a relatively new sport to our area for the first time," said Tori Collins, assistant director of sports marketing for the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.


The list of sporting events taking place starting July 4 includes:



USA Ultimate Open Championships and Convention

Date: July 4-7

Location: WRAL Soccer Park

Number of Visitors: 1,250

Economic Impact:$443,800

Description: In only the second year of the Ultimate Championships, high level teams will compete for four days in three different categories: men's, women's and mixed. This tournament is invitation-only, so the competition will be intense.


USA Baseball 16U Cup

Date: July 4-7

Location: USA Baseball Training Complex

Number of Visitors: 600

Economic Impact: $168,630

Description: The nation's top teams will compete in this part of the Labor Day Cup for a national championship in their age group. Teams will be represented from all around the United States including teams from Maryland, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Virginia and New York.


AAU Basketball Tobacco Road Summer Showcase:

Date: July 5-9

Location: Raleigh Convention Center

Number of Visitors: 2,500

Economic Impact: $827,800

Description: Over 400 boys and girls teams will compete to call themselves king or queen of the court. Young adults from all around North Carolina will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and compete at a high level.


TORHS 2Hot4Ice National Games 2013

Date: July 5-9

Location: Dreamsports Center

Number of Visitors: 2,800

Economic Impact: $1,022,000

Description: Composed of roller hockey teams from around the country, each team has already qualified at a Regional Qualifying tournament.


"The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA) markets and promotes Raleigh and all of Wake County in order generate and/or retain sportsrelated business (tournaments, championships, special events and meetings) for the purpose of economic development. The GRSA's 21member Advisory Board takes a leadership role in helping to chart the future of the sports event industry in Wake County. The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance is a division of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau."