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August 1, 2005

Albany- People filled Albany's Civic Center for South Georgia Wildcats games, but they didn't for Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournaments, so those are history in Albany.

The city pulled out of its five-year contract with the conference three years early. Last year, the convention and visitors bureau lost $20,000 hosting the tournaments.

One of the largest expenses was the tournament banquet, that cost about $9,000. Even though the tournaments brought out-of-town guests to hotels and restaurants, the number of fans fell short of expectations.

"Unfortunately, we just didn't have enough corporate support and frankly the support from the universities that are members of the conference," said Kevin Hogencamp. "We didn't have a lot of people come from those universities, as many fans as we thought."

Hogancamp says the city may consider putting in another bid for the tournaments in the future.

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