All-Star Game expected to generate $60 million for the region

An All Star economic impact

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - After years of preparing, it will all come and go quickly.  But, plenty will be left behind when the crowds leave town after the All-Star Game.

"We're looking at our impact to be around $60 million into the community from the week of activities during the All-Star Game," said Julie Calvert with the CincinnatiUSA Convention & Visitors Bureau.

That's $60 million pumped into the economy.

"It's money that right now is people coming in from all points of the United States to stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants, shop at our stores, visit our museums," said Calvert.

That's what officials are hoping to capitalize on from the game day crowds.

"When you come to what we like to call "bucket list events," people tend to be a little looser with their wallets.  They look at it as a once-in-a-lifetime," Calvert told FOX19 NOW.

The spending has already started as restaurant reservations are filling up, and hotel rooms within walking distance to Great American Ball Park are even harder to find.

"The hotels are requiring, some of them, a 3 to 4 to 5 night minimum.  If you agree to that, then they may have cancellations.  But, it's very, very few and far between," said Eric Summe with the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau.

On Tuesday night, FOX19 NOW searched online for rooms at some hotels within walking distance of Great American Ball Park from July 12 to July 15.  There were no rooms available at the Millenium Hotel and the Hyatt in downtown Cincinnati.  Across the river in Covington, there were no rooms left at the Marriott, but there were rooms available at the Embassy Suites for more than $400 a night.
There are rooms available in hotels outside of the city in areas like the airport, Mason, Blue Ash and West Chester to name a few.

"We all win because the visitor looks at it as, 'I can do this, this and this on both sides of the river.'  So, it really works well for us," Summe said.

Calvert says that an estimate of $60 million is "conservative" right now.
Here's a breakdown of economic impact to the host cities and regions of
the last ten All-Star Games:
2014 – Minneapolis - $75 million
2013 – New York - $191.5 million
2012 – Kansas City - $60 million
2011 – Phoenix - $67 million
2010 – Anaheim - $85 million
2009 – St. Louis - $60 million
2008 – New York - $148.4 million
2007 – San Francisco - $65 million
2006 – Pittsburgh - $52.3 million
2005 – Detroit - $52.2 million

"We have to constantly be looking at that next event and seeing how can we leverage, and what's next for Cincinnati?  That's a big part of what's happening well beyond the economics," Calvert told FOX19 NOW.

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