City officials expect major economic impact from 2015 All-Star game

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Between Wednesday's announcement and the frigid temperatures, it's safe to say most people are dreaming about spring and summer evenings at Great American Ball Park.

It's also safe to say the 2015 All-Star Game will have a major economic impact on the City of Cincinnati. In 2015, the ball park and city will be on display, bringing millions of dollars worth of business to the area.

In addition, Cincinnati has changed bit since 1988's All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium.

"This is Cincinnati's time," said Dan Lincoln, CEO of Cincinnati USA.

It's time to shine and show off all the new development that has revitalized Cincinnati. As the Reds prepare to host the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the city can expect to see an overwhelming economic impact.

"They estimate between $80 and $100 million in terms of direct economic impact," Lincoln added. "That's $80 to $100 million pumped into this economy."

"From a business standpoint, it's going to be great all around," agreed Nick Ramsey, manager of The Holy Grail Bar and Grille at The Banks. "Every business is going to do well. It's going to help the local economy. This is a win win situation completely."

MLB has already contracted with 12 hotels, and another hotel is under construction at The Banks. However, the All-Star game is much more than one night.

Over several days, events will take place across downtown, exposing areas of Cincinnati to tens of thousands of baseball fans.

"It's a great chance, not just for that money for the four days, but folks can see that we're a world class city," added Robert Gannaway, manager at Morelein Lager House. "As you come in you can come back and visit, so hopefully it's just beyond those four days and folks see just how much fun it is to come down and spend some time."

Cincinnati USA used data from last year's All-Star Game in Kansas City to estimate how many people, and how much money, might be generated here in 2015.

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