Loudoun to Help Host World Police & Fire Games Next Summer

According to Leesburg Today, Oct 17, 2014, Loudoun Will Help Host World Police & Fire Games Next Summer:

“Northern Virginia is playing host to the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, and Loudoun County will play a big part.

” The games, with 61 Olympic-style competitions held June 26-July 5, are expected to draw more than 12,000 public safety athletes from around the world to Northern Virginia. To put that number in perspective, 10,568 athletes participated in the London Summer Olympics in 2012, the largest Olympics to date.

” Six of the competition venues will be in Loudoun County. Outdoor soccer competitions will take place at Morven Park just outside of Leesburg and indoor soccer competitions will take place at the Dulles Sports Plex. Other venues in the county include Ashburn Ice House, the Golf Club at Lansdowne, Northern Virginia Badminton Club and Mt. Weather, where a competitive cycling hill climb will take place.

“’This is a big opportunity for Loudoun,’ Bill Knight, president and CEO of the games, said.

“He anticipates the games will pump between $60 million and $80 million into the Northern Virginia economy even before opening ceremonies. “That’s just what we’re estimating for the preliminary economic impact,” he said.

“Already, more than 2,000 public safety officers have signed up to compete in the games in the first two weeks of registration.

“‘That’s record pace for these games,’ Knight said. “The athlete and public safety community are saying were coming and coming in mass so get ready.”

Visitors are invited to explore the many Loudoun County bed and breakfast accommodations for their stay. Visit loudounbandb.com/member-profiles/