Largest boxing event in NE to be held in North Platte next weekend
The Buffalo Bill Brawl will have 50-100 boxers competing
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The Buffalo Bill Brawl will be hosted in North Platte at the D&N Event Center on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. Samantha Geisler, of the North Platte Area Sports Commission, has been planning the event for more than a year.
“With this being the first event since USA Boxing shut down all of their gyms and everything, we’re hoping that this kind of puts a big spotlight on North Platte,” Geisler said, “if we can get this done, and get it done correctly and safely, this is only going to put a huge spotlight on this tournament every year.”
2020 will be the inaugural event of the Buffalo Bill Brawl, and was supposed to have around 400 competitors from all over the country. However, because of COVID-19, the event has been downsized, with USA Boxing limiting participants to states with similar health measures as Nebraska. Still, Geisler expects up to 100 boxers to participate, which would make it the largest boxing event ever in Nebraska, and bring much needed tourism to North Platte.
“It’s super exciting. Even though we only have 50, maybe 100 registrations, at least 50 percent of them are coming from out of state, which means tourism dollars.” Geisler said. “Right now, our hotels aren’t doing the greatest, so even if we can give them a few nights of bringing an event. This event is going to look a lot different, because of more social distancing. We’ve been working very closely with West Central District Health Department to make sure that we put on a very safe event.”
The WCDHD and USA Boxing have health requirements for the event, which include health screenings, temperature checks for all spectators, extra cleaning between matches, and mandatory masks for everyone at the event.
The event has participants signed up from age eight, up to 70+ years old, of all skill levels.
Fight winners will receive a title belt that was custom made in Crete, and runners up will receive equipment bags with the Buffalo Bill Brawl logo printed on it.
While the event is not as big as not going to be as big as originally planned, Geisler is thankful that the event can happen at all.
“We’re just excited to be able to put it on. We’ve had amazing support from the community, to be able to get it put together, through our gyms, through the D&N Event Center, and all of our sponsors that have helped,” Geisler said.
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