DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A competition that brings thousands of people to the University of Dayton Arena is back for the first time in two years.

The second weekend of the WGI Sport of the Arts World Championship runs Thursday through Saturday with the wind and precession competitions.

“It’s the athleticism of any Olympic event combined with the pageantry of a Broadway stage,” WGI Director of Operations Bart Woodley said.

The event returned to UD Arena after a two-year hiatus caused by COVID-19. 2020’s event was canceled and 2021’s event was held virtually.

“Just the resiliency of all of these groups to persevere through this pandemic and come out on the other side swinging and ready for competition is so, so exciting,” Woodley said.

The last time the event was held in 2019, it brought in 68,000 people and an estimated $24 million in economic impact to the Miami Valley.

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