Aggie Game Days Mean Millions for B/CS

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Saturday was the first Aggie home game of the season.

"The traffic is going to be what you notice the most of, that influx of people," said Shannon Overby, of the Bryan/ College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau.

When the tail-gating ends, around 83,000 fans will flock to Kyle Field. About a half of those folks are from out of town.

"Those people will spend an average, per day, about $94 per person," said Overby.

They'll also stay an average of two-and-a-half days.

Between ticket sales, shopping, eating and sleeping, the twin cities net around $10 million each home football game.

"No rooms for tonight, no, nothing is cancelled," Hampton Inn Manager Ron Fulton said to someone on the phone.

"I have zero. I have zero tonight and that continues through the season," said Fulton.

The Hampton Inn's game day weekends are booked for the next season as soon as the last season ends.

"I probably turn away 10-15 people a night- football games, and so does every other hotel," said Fulton.

Proof, according to Overby, that Aggie fans should be a welcome sight, for B/CS residents.

"We may complain a little bit about the traffic and influx of all the people here, but its keeping our property taxes lower by having them drop their money here," said Overby.

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