MICHIGAN CITY | Twenty-four Pop Warner football teams will converge on Michigan City in their bid to play for the national championship.
This year's Pop Warner Midwest Regional playoffs will span three days beginning Nov. 26.
Approval to use Ames Field for the tournament was granted Tuesday night by the Michigan City School Board, which is charging Pop Warner just enough money to cover the expenses of using the facility.
"It's an efficient way of using public resources," board member Vidya Kora said.
Jack Arnett is director of the Pop Warner Midwest Region. He's also executive director of the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Arnett said having players, parents and others associated with the regional tournament in Michigan City from as far away as Nebraska and Minnesota will have an economic impact.
He said hotel rooms already are being booked to accommodate the visitors and any overflow will be directed to outside communities such as LaPorte and Chesterton.
"It'll be a nice event for the area," Arnett said.
The winner of the regional playoffs will advance to the national Pop Warner finals in Orlando, Fla., during Super Bowl week in February, Arnett said.
Last year the regionals were played in Detroit.
Arnett said the Pop Warner playoffs were played in Michigan City years ago and came back because things back then went well.
"They just liked the facility," Arnett said.
Arnett said preparations are being made in terms of how many people are expected to need lodging, food and other accommodations.
"There could be a lot of players, parents and followers coming in," Arnett said.