The Illawarra is the place to be for sport lovers this weekend - and in the coming months - as the region plays host to yet another large-scale sporting event.
The OzTag Senior State Cup will be hosted at Thomas Dalton Park from today until Sunday, bringing more than 2000 players and the same number of spectators to Towradgi over three days.
The event is the largest OzTag competition in the country and is expected to be a boon for the region's economy.
Destination Wollongong general manager Mark Sleigh said the event was tied into his organisation's event-focused tourism strategy and would attract visitors from all over NSW.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to attract the types of visitors we have been working hard to attract - people from other parts of regional NSW looking for a non-capital city weekend or week away," he said.
Keira MP Ryan Park said the OzTag State Cup was exactly the type of event the region needed to attract.
"Each one of the competitors and spectators needs somewhere to sleep, somewhere to eat and somewhere to fill up with petrol and buy a few snacks," he said.
"All of this flows back to the small business operators which is good news for our community."
The OzTag competition is one of three large sporting events to hit the region today, coinciding with a Dragons and Hawks double-header at WIN Entertainment Centre and Win Stadium.
It also follows news that the University of Wollongong will host this year's Eastern University Games in July, which is expected to pump at least $2 million into the city.