Cleveland sports success means big business for downtown

Cleveland sports success means big business for downtown

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Thousands of people packed downtown Cleveland Tuesday. Some sported Indians jerseys, while others wore Cavaliers championship hats, but all of them came together to give downtown businesses a major boost.

"We haven't had anything quite to this magnitude, but it's been the summer of champions. It's been great," said Flannery's Irish Pub bar manager Trent Musal.

Crowds in downtown Cleveland prove how much the recent success means to the city.

"Cavs winning, and now this? Can't beat it," said fan Tom Haag.

The success started with the Cavs winning the NBA Championship in June. The Republican National Convention took center stage in July. Now, the Indians are in the World Series.

Downtown spots, like the The Kimpton Schofield Hotel, which opened in March, said business couldn't get much better.

"We've been booked since the second game of the ALCS, and we're already booked for the Game 6 and Game 7," said General Manager Adam Gurgiolo.

It's not just hotels that are booked. Walking around downtown Tuesday it was tough to get inside bars and restaurants. Workers called the scene incredible.

"Insane. It's been fantastic. I've made a lot of money. It's been great. I'm not complaining," said Ryan Stacks, who runs a hot dog stand near E. 4th Street.

"Amazing. Literally, crazy, like shoulder to shoulder," said The Clevelander bartender Christina Cavotta.

Fans are eating the experience up, buying shirts, drinks, dinner and, of course, tickets.

"We're buying shirts for our friends and family and everyone," said Toni Haag.

"You gotta have your Indians stuff, and I have some friends in Toronto that lost a bet, so I got some nice Indians stuff for them," said Tom.


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