Golden Age Games Back on!

April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2013 at 6:41 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2013 at 6:41 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The Golden Age Games are back on in Buffalo!

The loss of the Golden Age Games would have been a big blow to Western New York's economy.

Senator Chuck Schumer says, "We explained the magnitude of how bad it was and how unnecessary it was."

Buffalo stood to gain or lose $2.2 million, depending on if the Department of Veterans Affairs kept the game going or postponed them indefinitely.

The last two weeks have been anxious for those who spent six years planning for thousands of Queen City visitors.

Officials say the multi-million dollar series of games will fill five thousand hotel rooms and book athletic and conference spaces for athletes and other visitors.

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, the President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, says visitors have booked their hotels, they already held onto their plane tickets, I'm hopeful that we won't see any decrease in attendance here for the event itself."

There are also Western New Yorkers that will be hired to officiate and run the events.

There is also an impact on the competing veterans.

Part of the purpose of the Golden Age Games is to keep veterans active and healthy -- including 83-year-old Norman Verbanic, who pushed to keep the games going.

Representative Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) says "he's training for the event that's been reinstated."

The competition will be held May 30th through June 4th at nine different areas in Western New York.