Tennessee Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center welcomes over 7,000 visitors throughout the weekend.
COOKEVILLE – The 2022 BlueCross Basketball Division II Championship was held at Tennessee Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center, clocking in over 7,000 visitors from across the state. Sixteen teams in total participated in the event from Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Jackson and more.
“Over 2,000 students were able to see Tennessee Tech and Cookeville, some of them for the first time,” said Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber President Amy New. “It was an ideal opportunity for us to show our next-level athletics assets at Tennessee Tech and our vibrant downtown all while creating a positive economic impact for our community.”
Champions for the weekend included FACS of Cordova winning the Class A Boys’ Championship, Webb School of Bell Buckle winning the Class A Girls’ Championship, Christian Brothers of Memphis winning the Class AA Boys’ Championship and Ensworth of Nashville winning the Class AA Girls’ Championship.
Restaurants, attractions and hotels throughout Cookeville saw the influx of visitors with longer wait times and near-capacity room reservations.
“While we know that our local businesses will be a bit busier due to the events visiting Putnam County, we see that as a positive,” commented Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter. “The more visitors we bring to our restaurants, stores and hotels, the more of a positive impact these events have on our area, bringing with it a better quality of life for our residents.”