Hawaiian Team, Tagiamanu, took third place in their age division (13 and 14 year-olds) in the Pylon 7 on 7 tournaments held at the Mesquite Sports and Events Complex on Feb. 24 and 25. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

On Feb. 24 and 25, Pylon 7 on 7 hosted one of the most rugged 7 on 7 football tournaments right here in Mesquite. Who knew that the event would bring in more than 100,000 visitors to the city?

During the past decade, Pylon has seen more than 1,600 athletes go on to play college football at the Division I level with over 200 players continuing on the NFL. Many of the players who participated in this weekend’s tournaments already have offers for full scholarships.

The Pylon 7 on 7 website stated the Tucson Turf won the event for a second-year in a row.

This was the first year Pylon 7 on 7 has come to Mesquite and there were issues with the event such as noise levels and parking. Resident’s voices were heard at the Feb. 27 city council meeting, concerns about noise levels and choices of musical genre were considered by those who organized the event and next year’s 7 on 7 event is expected to be more well planned and a little less noisy for the residents who live near the Sports and Events Complex.

2018 Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant contestants volunteered to help with the event. Leann Kalstein and Teri Nehrenz take a moment to pose with the third place team from Hawaii. Photo by Marie Sweet

Lenora Hutchins, at the last minute, was asked to organize a group of volunteers. With no time to spare, Hutchins called out to the non-profit organizations such as Ms. Senior Mesquite board members and 2018 pageant contestants. Hutchins quickly filled up the spots with folks ready to lend a hand to help to make the event a success with Hutchins, herself, spending a great deal of time at the event making sure everything went as smoothly as possible for the first time. Hutchins commented that she had no idea the event was so large, she was slightly underprepared because of the late notice but she knows now and next year’s event will be even better.

Pylon 7 on 7 Football isn’t played by ordinary rules (see website for list of official game rules: http://www.pylon7on7.com/rules) Balls are hiked from a stool and there is no tackling. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Visitors to the city were full of compliments about Mesquite. Some commented that Mesquite was by far the best and most beautiful venue the event has seen in years. Others commented that the Rising Star Sports Ranch treated the teams like kings and queens and they were more than happy with the accommodations but were exceptionally pleased by the personal touches, the customer service and the welcome they felt from “everyone in town.”

The revenue brought to town businesses by the event hasn’t been calculated although many business owners have commented that the additional revenue was a blessing and that events such as the Pylon 7 on 7 is what keeps Mesquite a viable community.

The participants and visitors for the event expressed great excitement about coming back to Mesquite for the next Pylon 7 on 7 Tournament.