USA Table Tennis is the nonprofit governing body of the Olympic sport in the U.S. Photo via fb.com
An international table tennis tournament returns downtown this week.
The USA Table Tennis U.S. Open will be in Grand Rapids at DeVos Place, today through Saturday.
As the largest table tennis tournament in North America, the event will bring more than 1,000 people to Grand Rapids, with an estimated economic impact of $750,000 and 1,500 hotel rooms filled.
The tournament was also held in Grand Rapids in 2010 and 2012. The three years combined will end up bringing in more than $2 million to Grand Rapids.
The event was brought to Grand Rapids through a combined effort by the West Michigan Sports Commission and a committee led by table tennis hall of famers Dell and Connie Sweeris.
The tournament includes 700 top-rated table tennis players from 21 countries in 86 divisions, competing for $65,000 in prize money.
“We encourage the community to come out over the five days to enjoy this fun, fast-paced spectator sport,” said Mike Guswiler, president, West Michigan Sports Commission. “It’s a compliment to our city that USATT returns year after year to experience our region’s warm hospitality and quality venues.”
Dell Sweeris said fans can "get a ring-side seat to some table tennis talent that we’ll be watching for many years to come in this sport.”
Tickets are $10 for a daily pass, $20 for a semi-finals and final pass and $25 for an all-session pass. Children 12 and under are free.