Fans of the College World Series have an economic impact in the tens of millions of dollars.
Kathryn Morrissey, executive director of the College World Series local organizing committee, says a study in 2014 showed $64 million was spent over the roughly two weeks of the series, which generated $6.2 million in state and local tax revenue.
“It’s not only just the hotels and the restaurants in the area that benefited,” Morrissey tells Nebraska Radio Network, “it is also the multiplier effect.”
That means those who provide the food to the restaurants, help parks cars, or handle security for local businesses will also benefit.
Morrissey says the additional activity from the Series equates to roughly 780 full time jobs.
Attendance this year, inside and out of TD Ameritrade Park, remains an unknown.
Louisiana State University, which usually brings up a lot of fans to Omaha, is not playing this year.
Morrissey says other teams may pick up the mantle.
“Miami is a team that has historically traveled pretty well,” she says. “Already they’ve surprised the area hoteliers by asking for more hotel rooms as blocks than in the past, so we’re hoping for some very pleasant surprises.”
College World Series games begin Saturday afternoon.