Port City Classic brings big economic impact

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –During Labor Day Weekend, fans will fill the stands of Independence Stadium for the 1st ever Port City Classic. All of those out of town visitors means good news for local businesses.  Most area hotels have booked all of their rooms.

"This ball game happening now is gonna fill up hotels. A lot of them have already filled up. We've been open only two weeks and we're full, so that's phenomenal," said Debra Lindsey, the Business Development Consultant for Sleep Inn and Suites in Shreveport.

Local restaurants, like Fertitta's, have also felt the rush.

"It's already been kind of hectic. This morning I've done a lot of sandwiches cold for people to take out for tailgates tomorrow," said owner, Agatha Fertitta McCall.

The Shreveport Bossier Tourism and Convention Bureau estimates with more than 25,000 tickets already sold the game will bring a $1 million indirect economic impact and $2 million indirect.

"While here, they'll get out there. They'll shop. They'll dine in our restaurants.  They'll do things as well. I think the businesses should be prepared for a large influx of people," said Brandy Evans who works for the Bureau.

No matter who takes home the title, it looks like local businesses will be some of the big winners of the Port City Classic.

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