Downtown St. Louis dreaming of Cubs Cardinals playoff series

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The Cubs and Pirates square off Wednesday night for the wild card game for the 2015 MLB postseason playoffs.

Cardinal’s fans will be watching the game closely.

But for businesses in downtown St. Louis, a Cubs Cardinals playoff series could be financial wind fall.

I think most baseball purists and St. Louis fans would agree a Cubs Cards series would be interesting.

We're only a five hour drive away as opposed to nine and a half hours to Pittsburgh.

You've got proximity playing into this as well as history and the biggest winner throughout the whole thing would be downtown St. Louis.

Downtown St. Louis seems to be the winner whether it's the Pirates or the Cubs.

The National League Division Series could generate $5.9 million per game to the region and downtown.

According to the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission and St. Louis Regional Chamber the Cardinals drew more than 3.5 million for the 2015 season.  Of that total, out of town visitors make up 40 percent.

Wednesday at Ballpark Village they were testing the giant video board that will show the game to fans who don't have a ticket to get in.

That's where hotels and restaurants are hoping fans from the Windy City or Steel City will gather to be close to the game.