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Top Gun, Australian Rules will return to Dublin

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Two big sporting events will come to Dublin in 2014.

Top Gun University Football Camp will return this summer and Australian Rules football will make a comeback as well.

The football camp that draws more than 1,500 middle and high school football players from all over the world came to Dublin for the first time in 2013.

It returns in June for a regional camp at Dublin Scioto High School and the national camp at Dublin Jerome High School in July.

"It will be the same (as last year)," said Scott Dring, Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director.

"Over 1,500 athletes from 48 states and four countries will attend the Top Gun Camp this year," he said.

With athletes and their families coming from throughout the country and world for the camp, many Dublin hotel rooms will be used.

"It was the largest room-night generator before the Presidents Cup came along," Dring said.

An Australian Rules Football competition will also return to Dublin after holding the 49th Parallel Games in the city in 2012.

"We worked on this three years ago with the city of Dublin and bid on and received the 2014 U.S. Australian Rules Football National Championship," Dring said.

The last championship was held in Austin, Texas; in 2014, it will be held at Darree Fields.

"This event will include all of Darree Fields," Dring said.

"We'll have 40-plus teams from all over the U.S. and Canada. There will be teams coming from California and Texas."

The championship is slated for Oct. 10-12 and Dring said players will likely be in Dublin Thursday through Sunday.

"That'll be close to 3,000 room nights," he said.

Growth is expected in other Dublin sporting events in 2014, Dring said.

"The Nike Soccer Tournament and Charity Cup continue to grow," he said.

"Muirfield is excited about the Memorial Tournament coming off the Presidents Cup to see if it becomes bigger."

The Convention and Visitors Bureau also landed two new hockey tournaments.

One tournament has already been played, but the other will bring teams from throughout the state to the Dublin Chiller March 14-16.

"It's about 1,000 room nights or so. It attracts teams of players ages 10-18 from all over the state," Dring said.

Dublin's hotels collect a tax on room nights and hotel/motel taxes help fund the DCVB, community grants, events and art.

The city will struggle this year to keep up with 2013 numbers.

The Presidents Cup international golf event in October broke all previous records.

When the Presidents Cup was in Dublin this fall, the city took in $288,568 in bed-tax revenue from 6,912 room-night rentals.

"That's the most money collected in a month since the city instituted a bed tax in 1988," Dring said.

"It's a 22 percent increase over the same month last year and almost $26,000 more than the previous record of June 2008."

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