Cardinals home field advantage could mean big business

10:33 PM, Sep 29, 2013   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - We've heard it before: baseball is good business. But with Sunday's win, the Cardinals not only clinched home field advantage in the playoffs, but may have won a hometown advantage, too.

In past post seasons, the Regional Chamber has estimated a single Cardinals playoff game can mean an extra $1.5 million in direct spending for St. Louis. And with the Cardinals in position to play the most playoff games possible, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay tweeted it could be a big boon for business.

"For St. Louis City in particular it does create economic impact because a lot of those people St. Charles, from Warrenton, from where ever, they don't normally spend their money downtown," says sports economist Patrick Rishe with Webster University. "So at least it's a little bit of a boost for the restaurants and businesses close to the stadium," says Rishe.

As for the economic impact on the St. Louis region, Rishe says it could be marginal since spending money on baseball often means people will not be spending money on other activities.


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