The TSSAA Board of Control approved a four-year contract extension to keep the Division 1 Boys and Girls Basketball Championships and BlueCross Spring Fling in Rutherford County.
Paul Latture, president of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and Mona Herring, vice president of the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau made a presentation to the TSSAA Board of Control to ask for the extension to continue hosting these events through 2017.
“We are thrilled to continue this partnership with TSSAA,” said Herring. “Getting the four-year extension for basketball and Spring Fling is a testament to the faith that TSSAA has placed in our community. It takes many volunteers to make these events a success, and Rutherford County is truly blessed with great people who give of their time so generously.”
Division 1 Boys and Girls Basketball, which is played at Middle Tennessee State University, brings an estimated $3 million to the Rutherford County economy.
The girls’ basketball tournaments have been held at MTSU since 1975 and the boys’ tournaments were held in Rutherford County from 1975-1982 and from 1989 through the present.
BlueCross Spring Fling, the state high school championships in baseball, track and field, softball, tennis and soccer, brings a $3.5 million impact to the county. Rutherford County has hosted Spring Fling since 2006.
Rutherford County has become the premier location for high school sports championships. TSSAA also crowns the following state championships in Rutherford County – bowling, volleyball, and cheer/dance throughout the year.