Wisconsin businesses prepare for huge economic impact from football fans
GREEN BAY - Wisconsin business owners are expecting Saturday's matchup between LSU and University of Wisconsin to make a huge economic impact.
"We knew from this very onset this would be huge," hotel manager Tara Campbell said.
On a typical Green Bay Packers gameday, the city usually makes an impact to the economy of $13 million dollars. But with the arrival of fans from both schools, the number could grow for the game.
"A lot of our hotels are telling us 3-night stays, 4-night stays," Campbell explained, "they're full for days before. A lot of restaurants have parties and whatnot, but nothing at the level we're seeing, where alumni associations are basically buying an entire place out and throwing huge alumni bashes. We have not seen spending like this for a typical home Packer game."
Bar owners are also anticipating to have one of the biggest weekends ever, hiring extra people to meet the demands of Tiger fans, who showed up days prior to the game.
"We love watching, following LSU football on the road," one fan said. "It's a great time."
"We know that Tigers like to party. We have a good time."