City of Enterprise preparing for Alabama State Games


ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Do you love watching sports or do you know someone who has a special athletic ability? This weekend, one city in the Wiregrass is kicking off the Alabama State Games.

This will be the first time Enterprise hosts part of the Alabama State Games.

City officials tell WDHN they are excited about this opportunity not only for the athletes who call the Wiregrass home but for all Alabamians who will have a chance to see the Boll Weevil City first-hand.

“Locally when we look at our athletes it offers them a chance to compete and earn state title,” Tammy Doerer, tourism director with the City of Enterprise said. “Those things are very important when you are working all these hours and years.”

The City of Progress is hosting its part of the Alabama State Games starting Saturday with a karate tournament at Enterprise High School.

Officials said the games will be a first but not a last for the community.

“This is the first time that Enterprise has been part of Wiregrass in hosting these games, it has a lot of benefits,” Doerer said. “It benefits our businesses of course because our hotels, our restaurants, all of our stores because it’s going to bring people from all over the state and outside the state to Enterprise and the entire Wiregrass area.”

Enterprise Mayor William Cooper said when the state is involved it usually means big opportunities for the cities.

He said they have been working with other cities in the Wiregrass like Dothan and Ozark to expand the tournaments the Wiregrass offers.

“These people will come and they will stay at our motels, they will eat at our eating places, they will buy gas and they will be around our citizens,” Cooper said.

The mayor said there is no telling on how much the games will impact Enterprise financially but he said he has big hopes for the possibilities the Alabama State Games can bring to the city.

“We do have facilities, we do have athletes and we do have people who support each other,” Cooper said.

Officials said hosting part of the games is not only a great opportunity for visitors to see the City of Progress but also gives Wiregrass residents a chance to appreciate the facilities right in their own backyard.

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