MWL All-Star Game Boosts Local Economy

By John W. Davis

June 25, 2010 Updated Jun 21, 2010 at 11:23 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Tuesday night's Midwest League All-Star Game is having a big impact on the Fort Wayne economy.

Executives at the Fort Wayne Convention & Visitors Bureau say All-Star events will pump between $150,000 to $200,000 into the Fort Wayne economy.

Meanwhile since 2009, downtown businesses have been crediting the Fort Wayne Tincaps with exposing their business to a new clientele.

Local owners and managers say when the Tincaps play, it is always a home run for their cash registers.

In some cases, those new customers have revenues up 100%.

In other cases, managers say their business is up around 20%.

"The games help. You can just see a lot of activity downtown and I know it helps us a lot. I know it helps Mike at Tuscani's and Pint and Slice, Dash-In and everybody down here. So its just great to see people downtown," said J.K. O'Donell's Manager Fritz Hoffman.

Meanwhile, the Fort Wayne Convention & Visitors Bureau reports fifty out of towners visited them Monday afternoon to learn more about Fort Wayne.

First pitch at Tuesday's All-Star game will begin just after 7 p.m.

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