|Wil Schroder. Provided.|
In January 2013, then MLB Commissioner Bud Selig named Cincinnati the host city for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. Since that time, both local baseball fans and entrepreneurs have been brimming with anticipation for this beloved and historic sporting event. The last time Cincinnati hosted the game was in 1988, and the event lasted little more than the two and a half hours it took to play the game. A lot has changed since then, and what was once a one-day event for baseball fans has grown into a week-long celebration that has a major economic impact on not only the host city, but also the surrounding area.
The Northern Kentucky region stands to take in an estimated 15-20 percent of the $60 million generated this week, and early indications are that restaurants, hotels, local attractions, and stores will all see increases in revenue thanks to the event. Kentucky helped house, feed, and outfit the estimated 100,000 out-of-state travelers visiting the area for the game, and the MLB alone booked over 16,000 rooms in local hotels for the week. None of this takes into account the excitement or “buzz” we experienced in our communities as a result. It was great to see all of the activities that were planned and well-attended throughout the 24th State Senate District, including Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton.
When one considers the positive economic impact to the area, it is easy to see what all the enthusiasm is about, and we can agree that -- no matter for which team you’re rooting-- the All-Star Game is a “win-win” for Kentucky.