Indy to win $ 150 million this weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – As the NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship takes over Indy, fans fill local hotels and bars. This is the type of profitable weekend that the hospitality industry has been looking for.

“It’s just a way of saying we’re back after the pandemic. Just a chance to celebrate our city, “said Lisa Vielee, spokesperson for the Indy host committee,” Indianapolis truly has a reputation as the amateur sports capital of the world.

Indy’s host committee expects the big game to bring in $ 150 million in economic impact.

The hotels say they could accommodate 100,000 fans and guests. Temperatures should be cool for downtown concerts like Doja Cat at Monument Circle. The weather could be rated as negative, but bars and restaurants in the area are hoping the cold will push people into their establishments.

Places like the Indy Hotel are using their Big Ten Championship experiences to prepare for this weekend.

“We really saw people coming down and just starting their day with breakfast. Then they would move on to lunch, which would become happy hour, and dinner. There is usually an interruption in service ”, explains Jocelyn Kraus, general manager of the Indy hotel.

The city center should be crowded. Vielee says there are around 75,000 parking spaces downtown, but they could fill up quickly. Fans should be prepared to walk a few blocks in the cold to reach their destinations.

Joshua B. Speller