DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama State Games, like many events, was cancelled last year due to COVID, but it makes its return to the Wiregrass for 2021.
With the games 36 days away, the ASF Foundation and Visit Dothan are excited to have the event back.
Visit Dothan President Aaron McCreight said not having it last year was a big blow to the area economically.
“These games we’re talking over a million dollars of visitor spending in one weekend,” Visit Dothan CEO Aaron McCreight said. “Thousands and thousands of people not only from the state of Alabama but north Florida, southwest Georgia coming to Dothan and the Wiregrass to compete in these games.”
McCreight said having the games back will help recover lost revenue.
“We’re just thrilled we’re moving forward here in 2021,” McCreight said. “We’ve already had a massive amount of tournaments this year that have brought millions of dollars in the community. We’re on our way back, and this is just another example of that, that we are great at hosting tournaments and great at hosting events, and this is a massive one coming the second week of June.”
According to Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba, the games will also return a sense of normalcy to the city of Dothan.
“This is the perfect opportunity for people to do so and the state games, and it’s the largest event that we’re going to hold in the area involving sports,” Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba said. “You know how much we love sports. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for us all to get out and enjoy watching some good sports.”
If you want to participate but don’t want to play, volunteers are needed.
“There’s literally a button that says want to volunteer,” McCreight said. “They make it as easy as possible for you. So if you have any questions, you can call us or call the games themselves, but the easiest way is to go to the state games website and click on the volunteer page, and it takes you through the process.”