Each Grizzlies home game worth millions to local economy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Each Grizzlies home game worth millions to local economy

The Beale Street Merchants Association president said the more the Grizzlies win the better it is for business. The Beale Street Merchants Association president said the more the Grizzlies win the better it is for business.
Winning game 5 could mean going to the West Conference Finals and at least two more home games, and perhaps more. Winning game 5 could mean going to the West Conference Finals and at least two more home games, and perhaps more.

(WMC-TV) - Every Grizzlies home game is worth millions to the local economy, according to the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"It's civic pride. It's dollars. It's economic impact. It's everything a professional franchise can do for a community and an entire region, and that's what the grizzlies are doing for us right now," said CVB president Kevin Kane.

The Beale Street Merchants Association president said the more the Grizzlies win the better it is for business.

"It would be great if they came back and had another home game for Friday. Me personally, I'd rather them just end it tonight and get on with the next round," said Beale Street Merchants Association president Ty Agee.

Agee owns Miss Polly's on Beale Street.

"I have to bring in extra help where I wouldn't otherwise with the regular staff. I can't run with them because it's that big a deal," said Agee.

Winning game 5 could means going to the West Conference Finals and at least two more home games, and perhaps more.

Kane said NBA games do not typically eat up hotel rooms because it is mostly locals buying tickets. Though the deeper the playoff run, the more the media and league officials will fly in – leading to free exposure for the Bluff City.

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