ST. LOUIS – With the Cardinals coming back home for a series-deciding NLDS game 5, more money will be coming to downtown St. Louis businesses.
The St. Louis Regional Chamber’s director of economic research, Ruth Sergenian, says the economic impact of each playoff game is about $5.3 million, money spent by visitors on hotel rooms, restaurants, souvenirs and other items.
That’s expected to continue Wednesday night when the Cardinals take on the Pirates at 7 p.m.
Sergenian says that if the Cardinals played the maximum number of home games and played through the World Series, the overall impact for the region would be $68 million.
The Cardinals have already hosted Pittsburgh in the first two games of the best-of-five division series.
If the Cards don’t advance to the National League Championship Series, some businesses fear they could see a major slowdown until next season.
“They’re the talk of the town so as long as they play we’re happy and full but when they stop playing you can really tell,” said Jeremy Brinkley, owner of the Post Sports Bar and Grill.
Brinkley said the number of people visiting his bars during games have been at least triple the normal amount in the playoffs.