Commonwealth Games see continued growth in Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) In Lynchburg, the Commonwealth Games are seeing continued growth. A report from last year's games show record numbers in multiple areas.

Virginia Amateur Sports teamed up with Liberty University to start hosting the games two years ago. In 2017, more than 11,000 athletes came out to compete. That’s about 2,000 more than the year before.

“We've worked really hard to get the people here and the increase in the record number of participants is a direct result of that,” said Dan Foutz, President of Virginia Amateur Sports. “So the more people that we bring in, the more families we bring into the area, that impact will continue to rise.”

The games also generated more than 2.6 million dollars in economic impact for the City. In 2016, the games had an economic impact of about 1.5 million dollars on the city.

The 2018 games are coming, and this time over 50 sports are being offered overall. Main games weekend kicks off July 27th.