Announced this morning, Lake Charles will be the home to the 2020 Olympic Boxing Trials and National Championships. The Lake Charles Civic Center will be the venue for the trials from December 7-15, 2019 and will feature men's and women's boxing.

The LC Tourist Bureau and CVB say that this will be the largest single sporting event in the history of Lake Charles and offer a huge increase in business and tourism during a typical slow time in Lake Charles.

The surge in visitors to Lake Charles will mean over 6500 room nights to the Lake Area, and tourism should have a hefty boom to our area. It is estimate that 800-1000 boxers will visit the area in that week's time, and boxing matches will be held December 10-15.

The winners of these trials will go on to Tokyo to represent the USA in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Also, these trials mean that we could see some celebrities visit the areas for the trials such as Tyrell Biggs, Pernell Whitaker, and even Evander Holyfield.

To keep up to date with the latest info on the trials, www.visitlakecharles.org/USABoxing or www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing.