Presidents Cup Means Economic Boost For Region

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UPDATED: Monday September 30, 2013 6:39 PM

Central Ohio is about to get a multi-million dollar economic boost, and it's coming in the form of a golf tournament.

Monday at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the grounds crew was busy putting the final touches on the course. The crew is preparing for thousands of people, dozens of golfers for one international golf tournament.

Scott Dring, the Executive Director of the Dublin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau called the tournament a huge international event.

“There are going to be about 35,000 people coming out here every day on the course, throughout the whole week," said Dring.

Tournament organizers said between Presidents Cup merchandise sales, ticket sales and spending outside of the course - the money spent this week will give the economy quite a boost.

“We are projecting $45 to $50 million of economic impact,” tournament director Dan Sullivan said.  

Tournament organizers said corporate sponsors and multiple public sponsors helped foot the bill for the tournament.
     
It will likely mean more for the area than just cash. It will also mean recognition.

“If you look at the exposure and awareness it is going to bring the region, it is going to be seen by 600 million households in 200 countries worldwide," added Dring.

The fan experience, with its interactive games, big screen televisions, food and live music, will provide even those without a ticket a chance to be part of the cup.     

Practice play is Tuesday and Wednesday. The competition tees off Thursday morning and continues through Sunday evening.

Tickets for Thursday through Sunday are sold out, but tickets to watch the practice rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday are still available.
 
Rascal Flatts will play an opening ceremony show Wednesday evening at Columbus Commons. It is sold out.

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