(WBNG) — When the DICK’s Sporting Good Open takes over our area, there are a lot of stats to break down behind the major tournament.
Tournament Director John Karedes tells 12 News the event debuted back in 1971, 48 years ago.
To put that into perspective, that’s the same year Disney World opened up in Orlando, Florida.
Over the years, the event has ponied up a pretty big crowd.
Karedes estimates roughly 100,000 people will come this week to watch the tournament, enough to fill NYSEG Stadium more than 16 times.
Talking money, according to a recent study, the 2017 tournament had an economic impact of more than $16.2 million dollars.
Karedes saying, “it does have significant value in the area that which we live.”
The tournament purse chalks up to more than $2 million dollars, with a winner’s share of more than $300,000.
It’s not just the winner who heads home with deep pockets, however, our local charities get a bonus too.
Since the first year of the event back in 1971, it’s has donated more than $17 million dollars back to charity to causes like our hospitals.
Karedes mentions the PGA Tour events all together are approaching a charitable donation of $3 billion dollars,
He says, “that’s more that all the other professional sporting organizations, major league baseball, NFL, NHL, NBA all put together.”
When it comes to a tournament of this size, it wasn’t built in a day. Staff started working on this year’s event during last year’s, kicking prep into high gear around July 1.
The tournament is made possible by thousands of helping hands. With just 7 tournament staff, Karedes says the event relies on its more than 1,600 volunteers.
“We could never put on a tournament like this without the help of our volunteers.”