Buffalo has been named the host city for the 2017 Gaelic Games Association Continental Youth Championships.
A weekend tournament of Gaelic football and hurling competitions involving more than 3,000 youth athletes and up to 250 teams will be held next year from July 26-31 at the West Seneca Soccer Complex.
Approximately 18,000 visitors from around the U.S. and Canada are expected to travel to Buffalo for the games, generating nearly $1.9 million in economic impact, according to the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, a subsidiary of Visit Buffalo Niagara. The Continental Youth Championships – or CYC – is the highlight of the association’s calendar every year in North America and Canada, according to Padraic Walsh, chairman for the 2017 CYC Local Organizing Committee.
“We are ecstatic to host this event in Buffalo. For the first time in CYC history, Buffalo will be the first city awarded the games that have not been in the traditional rotation between New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco,” Walsh said. “Our local organizing committee and the Buffalo Fenians Club are committed to the promotion and preservation of the Gaelic Games.”
“The Gaelic Games’ decision to come to Buffalo is yet another example of why our region is a premier sports destination,” said Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara. “Our incredible facilities, hotels and services allow us to vie for top-tier amateur athletic events.”