Each player received a backpack full of visitor guides and coupons for local stores and restaurants. Lindsay Gardner, spokeswoman for the visitor's bureau, said finding hotel rooms was pretty simple but her agency had to work quickly to find the coupons.
She said the bureau's good relationship with the hotels paid off. She also mentioned that Alisa Bailey, head of the visitors bureau, has estimated the tournament will have an economic impact of nearly $70,000.
Butch Buckley, manager of the South Charleston Ice Arena, has seen impact firsthand. He volunteered to let teams from Charleston Catholic, Bluefield, Bridgeport and Fairmont use locker rooms at the facility.
He said it's all about helping the students, and he was happy to chip in.
Because of Election Day school closures, the rink was packed with local children Tuesday. But Buckley said the tournament gives him an opportunity to show out-of-town visitors what he has to offer.
"We do want to showcase our place," Buckley said. "You'd be amazed how many people walk in and say, 'I didn't know there was an ice skating rink here!' "
The rink's concession stands were open, and Buckley thought the stores in the Trace Fork area also might see a little bump in activity.
As of Tuesday morning Gillespie said the tournament, which is scheduled to wrap up today, was progressing nicely. Gillespie hoped the beautiful weather and the accommodations made for a memorable experience.
"We have really spent a lot of our time over the five days making sure the student-athletes feel at home in Charleston," he said.