Officials expect golf tournament to bring significant economic benefits and international attention to the city
McKINNEY, TX – The City of McKinney will make its debut as the new host of the AT&T Byron Nelson this week, which runs May 13-16 at TPC Craig Ranch.
The four-day televised event is part of a five-year agreement with the PGA that will bring visitors, economic opportunities, and international attention to the city. Elite players like Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, and the recent winner of the Masters Tournament Hideki Matsuyama are scheduled to compete.
Though this year’s event will be limited to approximately 10,000 fans per day, future tournaments could see upwards of 50,000 fans. And according to a recent article in Community Impact Newspaper, estimates from 2008 and 2013 suggest the event’s annual economic impact to previous host cities was just over $40 million annually, setting up the event to be a significant boon for McKinney during the next five years.
“Hosting this tournament is a huge honor for the City of McKinney and presents an unprecedented opportunity for us to showcase our city on such an enormous stage. We’re ready,” said Mayor George Fuller. “Though the publicity we will receive throughout the event will be invaluable, we know the city will have an influx of outside revenue from visitors coming to the city and spending money at our local restaurants, hotels and businesses, which is a great benefit in itself.”
Visitors coming to the tournament can find information on hotels, dining, and attractions within the city from Visit McKinney. Following the tournament, McKinney Main Street encourages patrons to visit the Historic Cultural Arts District in downtown McKinney – dubbed the 19th Hole – for dinner and drinks at one of the many unique bars and restaurants.
“We know this is a special event, not just for the players, but for the entire DFW region. We will make you proud,” said Mayor Fuller.
For more information on the 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson, visit www.attbyronnelson.org.