GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Hundreds of out-of-towners will be at the Greensboro Aquatic Center this weekend for its biggest event in the few months since its opening.
The Eastern Region championships started Thursday and will be held at the center through the rest of the weekend. It is free to watch.
The competition pool includes 10 swimmers on the U.S. National Team. One of those is Greensboro native Eugene Godsoe. Some of the athletes could qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team.
Many of the swimmers and some of the spectators are in Greensboro for the first time, which could mean a big economic impact for the city.
Andrew Brown, director of the Greensboro Coliseum complex, said they won't have a dollar amount of economic impact from this event until after the weekend is over. However, he estimated a total economic impact of $65 million when you look at events had at the aquatic center plus the events booked there through 2016.