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NYCEDC Announces Economic Impact of $7.9M for 2018 Mets Opening Day Game

Mar 29 2018

Direct impact of the home opener game accounts for $4.5 million in visitor spending

FLUSHING, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today released results of an economic impact analysis, showing that the 2018 Mets Opening Day Game at Citi Field generates an economic impact of $7.91 million for the city.

The analysis accounts for $4.5 million in direct impact as a result of visitor spending – including ticket sales, concession and merchandise spending, and transportation costs. Opening Day for the New York Mets also creates $3.4 million in indirect economic impact, which takes into account the spending of Citi Field employees and companies who benefit from the spike in visitor expenditure.

“The season may not be in full swing, but the economic impact of the Mets Opening Day Game has proven to be tremendous, providing one more thing for fans and Citi Field employees to cheer about,” said NYCEDC President James Patchett.

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that the city welcomed an all-time high 62 million visitors in 2017, a 3.8 percent jump from the previous year, including 13.1 million international tourists. With more than a dozen professional teams in the New York metro area, competitive sports play a major role in New York City’s tourism industry, driving investment in the city’s economy and contributing to good jobs.

New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.