Gay Games expected to bring $14M boost to Akron

Published: Aug. 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM EDT
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Those who go to local events pick up merchandise. (Source: Eric Payne)
Those who go to local events pick up merchandise. (Source: Eric Payne)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The 2014 Gay Games is a competition of winners and losers, but apparently, every host city is automatically a winner by just taking part.

Kent State University economic professor, Shawn Rohlin, says the Games provide a boost to northeastern Ohio's economy of approximately $56 million. He says Akron could receive up to one-fourth of those revenues.

"I estimate that boost to be $12 to $14 million," said Rohlin.

An estimated 8,000 athletes are in the area for the week-long competition. With friends and family in town, they're doing more than just competing; they're spending money at almost every turn on hotels, food, retail and entertainment.

The Gay Games have a slogan of Participation and Inclusion. For the cities that participate, they're also included in that multimillion-dollar economy brought by the event.

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