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Busy Weekend Brings Big Business

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene is gearing up for one of its busiest weekends of the year.

Businesses in the area are getting ready for what will be a weekend packed full of visitors.

“It’s going to be great, obviously. Sports are a huge thing in this community,” said Ben Sappington, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce estimates as many as 30,000 visitors will come to the Eugene area this weekend. The attractions–a combination of the Ducks Spring Football Game and the Eugene Marathon.

“This weekend is a busy weekend. Four big events really, really hit us hard, but that’s a good thing,” said Courtny Osuna, Phoenix Inn Manager. “We never complain about that.”

In fact, hotels have been preparing for this weekend for months.

“The Eugene Marathon is such a big event for us that we sell out almost a year in advance for that,” Osuna said.

But hotels aren’t the only beneficiaries of the extra visitors. The chamber of commerce says that marathon weekend provides a ripple effect for the entire community.

“Restaurants, hotels, retail businesses, all see a great boost,” Sappington said.

Local businesses are excited about the exposure that the area will get from these two large scale spring traditions in Eugene.

“The more visibility Eugene gets with these events, the more events we get in Eugene. And so that just really helps our economy in general,” Osuna said.

“It’s a great way for us to show off the community, and it helps that it’s a great economic boost,” Sappington said.

The spring game at Autzen Stadium will also be a welcomed return of one the community’s biggest revenue generators.

“I think each duck game generates about $4 million,” Sappington said.

This weekend may be all about sports, but its impact could reach everyone in the community.

“That’s local money helping us create and retain local jobs. That’s huge,” Sappington said.

And along with the marathon and the Ducks’ spring game, there’s also the Saturday market, as well as a religious conference happening at Matthew Knight Arena.

The economic boost of the extra visitors is good news, but expect a jam-packed downtown Eugene this weekend when you’re out and about on the road.

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