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All-Star Game: A summer economic assist?

EconoMeter panel looks at this week's sporting fest at Petco Park

Roger Showley, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Monday, July 11, 2016

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System

Answer: YES

Hosting the game has some economic benefit by bringing visitors and attention to the local region. The impact to host cities of the past 10 All-Star Game events are estimated to have averaged $70.5 million, although figures do not account for activities occurring anyway. The bigger impact may be residual effects from focusing attention and advertising on the desirable place San Diego is to visit. The economic value is worth millions to promote visitors coming to local attractions, hotels, and other businesses.