Philadelphia hopes World Series will be a home run for tourism

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Officials hope the World Series will be a home run for Philadelphia’s tourism industry. From hotels to bars and restaurants, many businesspeople are predicting — and some are already seeing — a boost to Philadelphia’s economy.

“Philly is a sports city,” said Ryan Todd, Canopy Hotel’s sales manager.

Inside the Hotel Canopy in Center City, workers make their rounds after the Phillies’ big win on Sunday afternoon.

“Everyone is excited, people are coming,” Todd said. “You can see people partying last night.”

Todd says he expects the Canopy Hotel to sell out when the Phillies play at home next week as excitement continues to mount.

“I heard you could see the ghost of Ben Franklin flying his kite down Broad Street because of all the electricity in the air,” he said.

Airbnb is also preparing for an increase in users during the World Series.

In 2021, when the Baseball Championship Series was last held, local hosts in the Houston and Philadelphia areas collectively earned more than $8 million over the duration of the series (October 26-November 2, 2021 ).

The Philadelphia Police Department said there were no serious issues after the Phillies clinched a World Series berth on Sunday. Although there were a few minor arrests on Sunday, city officials praised the way Phillies fans celebrated on South Broad Street.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is now thanking fans after turning South Broad into a big party all night Sunday.

“We’ve had a tough couple of years,” Kenney said. “And the joy I felt yesterday when that ball hit [Bryce Harper’s] bat, I knew it was gone and I knew it was a historic moment in baseball history, the history of the Phillies and the place broke.”

Despite a large police presence, some people were seen climbing the poles. Others were dancing in the street, but officials say there were no serious problems.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw thanked the city on Twitter.

“Yesterday was a magical day for our city. A huge thank you to our residents and visitors for showing the world that we’ve been here before and know how to party responsibly,” Outlaw wrote on Twitter. “Let’s bring that same energy forward through the World Series! Come on @Phillies!!”

Security camera video from inside the Hilltown Tavern in Fairmount shows a massive crowd of people cheering and celebrating after Sunday’s victory.

“It was amazing just seeing the crowds,” said Hilltown Tavern owner Roger Hillanbrand.

Hillanbrand says now comes the preparation for when the Phillies play the World Series on home soil. He’s tripling his food prep and he’s busy pre-ordering supplies.

“Obviously,” Hillanbrand said, “when Philadelphia sports teams are successful, it draws so many people into the restaurant industry.”

Visit Philadelphia officials predict the World Series will have a significant economic impact on many businesses in the city, both next week and beyond.

“When we see these images of the Philadelphia skyline as you pan before a game or just before an ad, we can’t pay for that ad,” Visit Philly President Angela Val said. “It’s a way for people who may not know much about Philadelphia to get to know us.”

City officials say they will grease the streetlights again before next week’s games.


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