Horse jumping event bigger than NBA All-Star Game

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The 2018 World Equestrian Games will take place near Charlotte, N.C., and that's a really big deal. Massive, in fact, according to the state's top official.

“This is bigger, with all due respect, than the All-Star Game, a football game, a basketball game — combined, times two. This economic impact is huge,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday ( via the Charlotte Observer) .

The 13-day equestrian competition was awarded to Mill Spring, N.C., about 80 miles west of what was supposed to be the host city for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.

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McCrory added that the World Equestrian Games could be the largest sporting event in North Carolina history with an economic impact of more than $400 million.