Tens of thousands attend Over-the-Line tournament on Fiesta Island

Tournament almost canceled because of lawsuit

SAN DIEGO - For the second day, crowds of thousands packed Fiesta Island Sunday for the annual Over-the-Line tournament.

When 55,000 people are expected to show up to compete, drink and watch the Over-the-Line tournament at Fiesta Island, organizers say they are going to need to stay ahead of the game and take extra precautions, from making sure the area was properly fenced off to hiring extra security.

Event organizers tell 10News they did their best to stay on the good side of the city after a lawsuit to cancel this year's event.

The lawsuit was filed against the city by a different group called Free PB that alleged the Over-the-Line tournament received favoritism from city leaders because they were granted an alcohol permit and Free PB, which was planning a similar event, had their request denied.

News spread quickly about the possible cancelation.

Competitor Jennypher Moore said she would have been very devastated.

"This is my way to get out of the house and away from the kids," she said.

Mike Patterson came from Boston. He followed the news closely and worried his annual trip to San Diego would be postponed.

"It's a lot of fun to get together with old time friends, especially me who lives out of town to come down sit around and have a good time and drink," he said.

Ed Martin is a member of the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, which puts on the tournament. He said he's glad Mayor Bob Filner granted the permit, adding it likely generated more interest to get people to the tournament.

"That's what we were thinking: this could be the first year. But it turned out for the best, and we're looking forward to many more good years like this, maybe without so much drama," said Martin.

The winners of this weekend's tournament will come back next week for the finals.

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