Super Bowl crowds boosting local economy
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Big Game is being played on the East Coast, but the action for Super Bowl XLVII is here in Las Vegas.
With just hours to go before kickoff, massive crowds are filling hotels, casinos, restaurants and stores, and all the extra tourism is boosting the local economy.
Restaurants are packed and vendors on Fremont Street say they're selling out.
"There are at least three times as much people out here as usual," said Mark Finegold of the street shop Do It Mardi Gras Style. "Super Bowl really just jumps up everything for Las Vegas. I haven't seen anybody being like, 'Oh, I don't want to spend a lot'. Everybody's like 'let's spend, let's have fun'."
The cash keeps coming in at local casinos, where the game has people in a betting state of mind.
Derek Stevens, owner and CEO of The D Las Vegas told Action News, "Every restaurant is filled, every table is filled. We'll have anywhere from a 50-percent bump to a 100-percent bump [in business] compared to a regular weekend."
Even former NFL players said being off the field isn't so bad when you're partying with 292,000 fans visiting from out of town.
"If you can't get to New York, this is a good second place to be," said Terry Erwin, a former running back for the Denver Broncos.
Even though only one team can take it all, in the end the Las Vegas economy will win no matter what.