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Is COTA Living Up To Expectations?

Updated: Friday, April 11 2014, 06:36 PM CDT

Screaming engines are set to fill the air this weekend as the green flag drops on the MotoGP Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas in southeast Travis County.

It's the second biggest annual event at the track behind Formula One.

COTA claims it's a critical piece of the engine that pumps millions into the local economy. And developers promised the track would be worth about $400 million dollars a year.

According to the Texas Comptroller's Office, COTA has received $61.2 million in reimbursements from the State of Texas's events trust fund.

The world-class facility has claimed COTA-hosted events are projected to generate an annual economic impact of $400 million to $500 million, equating to $4 billion to $5 billion over 10 years for Texas.

Now two years have passed, is the track living up to its promise?

"We are filling out our calendar with things that bring large crowds," said COTA spokesperson Julie Loignon.

So far there are 200 events scheduled. That includes F1 which brings in $500 million alone every year.

And the newcomer X Games is expected to rake in $50 million yearly.

"We are in the second year for most of the races we are doing. X games is brand new. Redfest a country festival and a comedy festival is new this year," said Loignon.

The challenge COTA face now, Loignon says, is making the international events more popular in the U.S.

"Our job is to try to make sure that U.S. fans of sports entertainment know that these things are going on. They are every bit exciting as the races we've grown up watching," said Loignon.

But with 80 percent of the F1 attendees being from outside of Texas, it only helps push money into hotels and local shops.

Success or not? We will have to wait and see.

This weekend's MotoGP is just the first of several major events on the track's calendar this year.

Redfest is May23-25, X Games June 5-8 and F1 USGP Oct 31-Nov 2.

For more information go to http://circuitoftheamericas.com/calendar

By Christie Post

Is COTA Living Up To Expectations?


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Latest results and upcoming games

WORLD SERIES

Saturday - Game 4

San Francisco 11, Kansas City 4

(Series tied 2-2)

Sunday - Game 5

(Shields 14-8) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 18-10), 8:07 p.m.

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Saturday's Games

( 1) Mississippi State 45 Kentucky 31

(24) L-S-U 10, ( 3) Mississippi 7

( 4) Alabama 34, Tennessee 20

( 5) Auburn 42, South Carolina 35

( 8) Michigan State 35, Michigan 11

(10) T-C-U 82, Texas Tech 27

(11) Kansas State 23, Texas 0

(13) Ohio State 31, Penn State 24, 2OT

(14) Arizona State 24, Washington 10

(15) Arizona 59, Washington State 37

(16) Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24

(19) Utah 21, (20) Southern California 17

(21) Clemson 16, Syracuse 6

(22) West Virginia 34, Oklahoma State 10

(23) Marshall 35, Florida Atlantic 16

(25) U-C-L-A 40, Colorado 37, 2OT

NHL

Saturday's Games

Buffalo 2, San Jose 1

Boston 4, Toronto 1

Montreal 3, N.Y. Rangers 1

New Jersey 3, Ottawa 2, OT

N.Y. Islanders 7, Dallas 5

Philadelphia 4, Detroit 2

St. Louis 3, Chicago 2

Pittsburgh 3, Nashville 0

Minnesota 7, Tampa Bay 2

Arizona 2, Florida 1, OT

Washington 3, Calgary 1

Sunday's Games

Colorado at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.

Columbus at Los Angeles, 4 p.m.

Ottawa at Chicago, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

Washington at Vancouver, 9:30 p.m.

MLS

Friday's Games

Chicago 2, Houston 1

Saturday's Games

Seattle FC 2, Los Angeles 0

Montreal 1, D.C. United 1, tie

New England 1, Toronto FC 0

Portland 2, FC Dallas 0

Vancouver 1, Colorado 0

Sunday's Games

Philadelphia at Columbus, 4 p.m.

San Jose at Chivas USA, 4:30 p.m.

New York at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

NFL

Saturday

No games scheduled

Sunday's Games

Detroit vs. Atlanta at London, 9:30 a.m.

St. Louis at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Miami at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Chicago at New England, 1 p.m.

Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland at Cleveland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m.

Green Bay at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

Open: N.Y. Giants, San Francisco

Monday's Game

Washington at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

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