Another record number of fans turned out for this year’s College World Series. The Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority says 347,740 fans attend the games.
That could translate into a good economic boost for the city. There were extra games this year and that means extra money for business owners and vendors that surround the ballpark.
The series lasted an extra day so there were still some CWS leftovers downtown on Thursday but most businesses were happy with the main course.
Vendors around TD Ameritrade Park were cleaning-up Thursday after cleaning-up at the cash registers.
Mike Davis from Nashville is a Vanderbilt fan. His team won national championship.
“Of course, we had to stay over an extra night since the series went three games.”
That meant more spending for a hotel, meals and souvenirs.
Davis said, “I'm sure there was a lot of money spent here in this town over the two week period.”
Some vendors are tearing down and moving on. The local vendors are hanging around cutting prices and adding on to a great two weeks of sales.
Matt Berezay, with Lawlor’s, said, “Anytime the series goes three games, that definitely helps gives us that one extra day to get rid of merchandise and one extra day to generate sales.”
The extra day even helped the hotels that housed teams that made early exits. The Holiday was a Texas base but when the Longhorns left, others filled in.
Holiday Inn’s Rob Schull said, “We had a bunch of Virginia folks slide in and Vanderbilt people, as we just saw, checking out. We filled back up. We picked up about 60 to 70 percent of what we had lost with the team leaving.”
It will take time to add up how much money was generated in Omaha over the two-week College World Series but the businesses around the park are predicting a home run.