ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Cardinals and their fans aren`t the only ones hoping for a Redbirds win today.
Local businesses want the win too because it means substantial benefits for our local economy.
If the Cards beat the Braves today, then they will host the Washington Nationals in the divisional series Sunday and Monday at Busch.
That means big time bucks for local businesses.
Donna Andrews with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors commission says in the St. Louis Business Journal that each post-season game played at Busch creates a two to two and a half million dollar boost in direct spending to the local economy.
That means a series with the Nationals could pump up to five million dollars into the St. Louis economy.
Workers at the Westin hotel right by Busch say home playoff games are definitely good for business.
In fact, the sales director says room sales will increase 100% on Sunday and Monday—she also says some people have already reserved rooms for Sunday and Monday.
World Series home games bring in even more economic benefits.
The CVC estimates that last year`s World Series generated $2.6 million dollars in direct spending for each home game…so a lot on the line with today`s game that goes beyond just baseball.