DENVER (CBS4) – Hundreds of volleyball players are in Denver this weekend for the Colorado Crossroads Tournament and serving up big bucks for the city’s economy.

Sisters Tatum and Abby Hardt play for Elevation Volleyball, just one team among hundreds competing this weekend at the Colorado Convention Center.

“Nerve-racking at first because its hard because everyone is like cheering for you but then you’re like it’s fun being in it and I like winning,” said Abby.

More than 1,200 girls volleyball teams across more than 30 states will be in Denver over the next two weekends competing in the Colorado Crossroads Volleyball Tournament.

The event brings in an estimated 50,000 visitors to downtown Denver.

“It’s a national qualifier tournament, for the USA Volleyball National Championships,” said Kay Rogness from the Front Range Volleyball Club.

According to Rogness, the event has been around for more than 25 years.

“You’re looking out there at about 6,000 athletes,” said Rogness.

All those club athletes bring their families, giving Denver’s economy a boost every year.

“We get that feedback a lot. Denver is such a great place to come to,” said Rogness.

While business may not be on the minds of the players like Abby and Tatum, winning certainly is.

“They are aggressive but not too aggressive for me,” said Abby.

The Colorado Crossroads Tournament continues next weekend at the Colorado Convention Center.


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