ST. LOUIS (KPLR) --Post season play by the St. Louis Cardinals is once again turning 'Red October' into a green bottom line. While you can’t put a dollar sign on the national publicity and good will that comes with the World Series, experts predict more than a five million dollar a game economic impact for the region.
Thousands of hotel rooms will be rented that might not have been purchased. Restaurants and bars expect full houses during the games in St. Louis and some spill over during games in Boston.
“It is a great thing for restaurants downtown... great atmosphere and it brings in a lot of money that`s good for everybody,” said Ashley Rogers, manager for Caleco’s Restaurant just blocks from Busch Stadium.
The Drury Inn at Market and Fourth St. is looking forward to plenty of baseball business as is the steakhouse next door, Carmines.
Another favorite stop for baseball fans has been Charlie Gitto`s Pasta House on Sixth Street. Photographs of players and celebrities line the walls. The restaurant has already seen a boost in business thanks to the National League Championship Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“The bottom line at the end of the day when you`ve got to pay the bills, you look at it and say ‘That’s a nice little kick!’” said Louie Vangel, grandson of owner Charlie Gitto.
The first Cardinal home game in the World Series will be Saturday, October 26.