EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- UW-Eau Claire has secured its first sporting event since agreeing to share the use of its facilities with Visit Eau Claire.
This week, the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association announced that its 2015 College Table Tennis National Championships will be at UW-Eau Claire. The event is scheduled for April 9-12, 2015 at the McPhee Physical Education Center. Billed as one of the premier table tennis events in North America, it attracts teams from across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Eau Claire had made a bid for the event, along with Marshfield, Hampton, VA, and South Bend, IN. A release from Visit Eau Claire says visitors are expected to book more than 300 hotel rooms for the event. It's expected to have a total economic impact of nearly $80,000.
The partnership between UW-Eau Claire and Visit Eau Claire was announced in May 2013. It provides Visit Eau Claire with improved access to new and existing university facilities for events. That lets the organization market the Eau Claire area more effectively.