A national competition of armored fighters returns to Springfield this weekend… amid fears that this could be last time the event is held here.
Organizers of the Team USA/Armored Combat League event say they are being wooed by other communities… who are offering financial incentives to land the event and its dozens of participants and hundreds of fans. Mayor Mike Houston says he’d like to see some state dollars become available to keep the event in Springfield, but believes something can be worked out to ensure that it stays in the city that organizers see as the home of the event.
Saturday’s competition will determine which team members will compete in the international championship in Spain in May. The competition starts at noon Saturday at the Livestock Building of the Illinois State Fairgrounds. [970 WMAY's Jim Leach is the official announcer for the Team USA event in Springfield.]