Experts predicted this past summer's World Games in Birmingham to have an economic impact of $256.5 million. However, according to a new study, the actual impact was much lower than expected.
The World Games in Birmingham was not as much of a success as organizers hoped it would’ve been, but there were some invaluable aspects when it came to emergency training leading up to the event.
The Jefferson County Commission will be forking up $4 million to the World Games 2022 to help address the organization’s $14 million debt.
The Birmingham City Council voted to fork up $5 million to cover the $14 million owed by the World Games to private vendors and other businesses.
The price tag for the 2022 World Games is estimated to be in the ballpark of $75 million when it is all said and done.
The World Games 2022 came to a close in Birmingham last month after falling $14 million short of breaking even.
The World Games 2022 was expected to generate $256 million in economic impact for the Birmingham area. But was this expectation met?
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Birmingham conducted a four-week joint operation to combat human trafficking during the World Games 2022, which resulted in over 50 arrests.
Friday, during an appearance on Birmingham's News Radio 105.5 WERC, Mayor Randall Woodfin told "Alabama Morning News" host JT Nysewander that his city deserved an "A-plus" grade.
“My manager called me and said the UFC is not going to like that,” Anders said.
Smooth was not part of the process. Perhaps that made the celebration even sweeter after the United States softball team battled its way to a gritty 3-2 World Games Gold Medal victory over Japan on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of more than 8,000 at the Hoover Met. “You can’t write it any better than this,” said U.S. captain Haylie McCleney, a graduate of nearby Mortimer Jordan High.
Brady Ellison has competed in the World Games three times, including the past four days in Birmingham. Each time, he stood on the podium, silver medal hanging around his neck, listening to someone else’s national anthem. This time, he said, it came down to a pair of errant shots.