The organizers of next year's Can-Am Police-Fire Games are hoping to knock one out of the park when it comes to attendance for the sports competition that features firefighters and law enforcement officers from the U.S. and Canada.

The organizers of next year's Can-Am Police-Fire Games are hoping to knock one out of the park when it comes to attendance for the sports competition that features firefighters and law enforcement officers from the U.S. and Canada.

The economy could throw the event a curveball, but organizers are hoping the location will help augment the size of the crowds.

"The Can-Am Games have never been held this far east or south, so we are able to draw from a much larger base than ever," said Josh Bricker, executive director of the Dublin Special Events Council, which is planning the event for next Aug. 15-22.

"Central Ohio is an eight-hour drive time within two-thirds of the nation. We're hoping we can hit Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., places that have never been hit before because this has always been held out west."

The Can-Am Police-Fire Games were held in Canada in 2008 and 2004 and in Spokane, Wash., in 2002. The 2006 games, set in Baton Rouge, La., were canceled because of Hurricane Katrina.

"Our overall goal is to bring in 2,500 competitors," Bricker said. "We want this to be the biggest Can-Am Games."

With a 2,500 competitor goal, 4,400 room nights in Dublin hotels are anticipated, making the event "one of the largest Dublin has ever had," Bricker said.

While location could help the success of the games, Bricker said the recession has been evident when searching for sponsors.

"The biggest thing being affected by the economy right now is sponsorships," he said.

The Can-Am Games are nonprofit and proceeds from the event will go to a national muscular dystrophy charity and the local charity, Get Behind the Badge.

"I'd like to write both of these organizations a $20,000 check," Bricker said.

The event makes money through sponsorships and entry fees; Bricker's hoping that cutting back in a few areas and good attendance will bring in proceeds for the two charities.

Until then, Bricker said organizers of the Can-Am Games will remain positive.

"We're still looking for sponsors and trying to raise as much money as possible," he said.

For more information, look online at dublincanamgames.com.