GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - Gulf Shores will soon be the center of attention again. The city is set to host the NCAA Women's Sand Volleyball National Championships for the second year.
The tournament will be returning to the area through 2015 and will feature the top competitors in the sport.
Officials said CBS Sports Network will again air portions of the championships.
"What a great validation this is for our region," said Philip Bryant, commissioner of the Gulf Coast Region Volleyball Association.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association's Sand Volleyball National Championships are set to give the area an economic spike.
Michelle Russ, sports and events manager for Gulf Shores, said the tournament will bring the top six college volleyball teams in the country, as well as the top doubles teams from all schools onto the beach.
"Anytime we can bring a sporting event of this caliber to the area, we're going to boost tourism and the economy for the whole area. So it's a great venue for us to do that," Russ said.
The news is perfect for many businesses on the beach.
Brad Cohen, manager of the Hangout, said he's seen the impact firsthand.
"It's a huge impact. It affects everything from transportation companies to retail stores. One of the things the teams do when they get to town is go to Walmart and stock up. There are restaurants affected by this. So, there are residuals everywhere," Cohen said.
Officials said 2012 was significantly successful, but in 2013 there are more competitors participating in the event than ever before. They expect that will bring even more people flocking to the beach.
"I see it as international. This sport is huge all over the world right now. We've receive a lot of national exposure due to last years event," Cohen said.
Cohen said he's expecting thousands of people on the beach and they're ready to spread the word about Gulf Shores.
Practice for the event kicks off on May 2 and runs through May 5, 2013.
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