Florida Junior College Basketball Tournament in Chipola

A week from Tuesday, more than five-thousand sports fans will arrive in Marianna.

It's part of Chipola College hosting the Florida Junior College men's and women's state basketball tournament.

It's the 12th-straight year that Chipola will host the four-day event.

Several business leaders at Tuesday's news conference said the tournament is a tremendous economic boost to the Jackson County economy.

More than 200 rooms along I-10 have already been booked for the tourney, which will include teams as far away as Miami.

President of Chipola College Dr. Gene Prough says, "It'll definitely have a good impact on the community."

Next week's tournament is expected to pump-in more than three-hundred thousand dollars to the area economy.

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