Alamo Bowl bringing in big business to San Antonio
HCC Pres. says Alamo Bowl brings in more than $20M annually
Thousands of fans are expected to pack the Alamodome on Saturday as the Texas Longhorns face the Oregon State Beavers at the 20th anniversary Valero Alamo Bowl.
President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in San Antonio Ramiro Cavazos said Friday that all those visitors are bringing in big business to San Antonio.
"There are over 25,000 visitors that come in for the game from Oregon, from all over the state and outside of the state for UT fans," said Cavazos. "This is huge for us from an economic development standpoint."
With thousands of fans making the trip to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl every year, Cavazos said the dollars have been adding up, bringing in more than $20 million each year.
Cavazos said Friday that the biggest economic impact comes from hotel stays and restaurants visits.
"It's good to see them booking parties here and being interested in the culture and taking the riverboats," said Paul Mullen, manager of the Lone Star Cafe on the Riverwalk. "They are not held up in their hotels waiting for the game. They are out and about and that's the really cool part that people want to explore this town."
Doug Parham, an Oregon State fan, said they have been all over San Antonio for the last few days.
"We walked a few miles on the Riverwalk," said Parham. "We went to the Hemisphere Park. We went to the zoo, and the Witte Museum."
However, Cavazos said Friday that overall, hosting the annual bowl game is a great way to show off the city.
"Our goal is that eventually that corporate executive or that visiting guest will move their business here or expand their business to San Antonio," said Cavazos.
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