Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
Fairfax County will host the 2015 World Police and Fire games, a competition that will have a $35 million economic impact on the county.
The World Police and Fire Games board selected Fairfax County over the other two finalists — Toronto and Winnipeg — for the international sporting event that will bring more than 10,000 competitors to the area.
The bi-annual event will last about 10 days and hold its opening ceremonies at Nationals Park.
Many of its other 60 events including golf, squash, angling and karate will take place at Fairfax County venues such a George Mason University, Reston Town Center, Quantico Marine Base and the National Rifle Association headquarters.
The 2015 games are tentatively set to run from June 26 to July 5.
The event was founded in 1985 by the California Police Athletic Federation; this year’s games started July 31 in British Columbia. The 2011 games will be held in New York City and the 2013 events will take place in Belfast, Ireland.