McKinney | May 2020

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Golf tournament to bring estimated $40M

FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE

BY MIRANDA JAIMES

A “Save Our Square” rally was held in downtown McKinney April 24. Members of the community drove through the square with decorated cars and signs and honked their horns to show support for McKinney small businesses.

In May 2021, McKinney’s TPC Craig Ranch will host the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament, a sporting event that will serve as an economic driver for the area and is expected to help not only the bottom line but also draw future development. The announcement was ocially made April 15, with McKinney set to host the tournament from 2021-26. It is expected the competition will be held each May, per tradition. This marks the rst time in the tournament’s 76-year history that it will be played outside of Dallas County. The Byron Nelson is a weeklong event with four days of competition designed to celebrate the sport of golf, ocials said. It serves as a stop on the Pro- fessional Golfers’ Association Tour and is a televised event. In addition to drawing international attention to McKinney, the tournament brings with it visitors and business opportunities alike. “The overall economic impact can be very high,” said Brian Loughmiller, a former mayor for McKin- ney who now sits on the McKinney Economic CONTINUED ON 19 Previous economic impact studies of the Byron Nelson Tournament show: PAR FOR THE COURSE Attendee spending from host city residents

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Program—there’s just not enough money.” Penn organized a Save Our Square rally April 24 to highlight the support McKinney’s downtown will need to survive the pandemic. “A lot of people are really hurting and suering down here,” he said. McKinney Mayor George Fuller said he recog- nizes the diculties but advised people to continue safe practices such as masks and social distancing. CONTINUED ON 17

For Stan Penn, owning an Irish pub was a dream worth leaving his 25-year career in banking. Now, he is having to work harder than ever to keep The Celt Irish Pub in downtown McKinney aoat during the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re ghting hard for our life here,” he said. “Especially in light of the stimulus plan— the CARES package, the [Paycheck] Protection

Attendee spending from other DFW area residents Event-related spending from host city residents Event-related spending from other DFW area residents

$41.2M Total economic impact:

SOURCE: 2013 BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP ECONOMIC IMPACT SUMMARY BY THE IRVING CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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