Local Businesses React to Trials Return

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EUGENE, Ore. — The return of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials is a big win for the local economy.

It’s great news for all the track and field fans in town and some say possibly even better news for the local economy.

Each business we spoke to said the vibe is infectious and the business a blessing.

Some of the restaurants near Hayward Field say the sales during last year’s trials were the best they’d seen since they opened. And of course the hotels are also looking forward to taking those reservations as soon as Friday this week.

“The word is just coming out. We’re definitely wanting to see who’s interested now, getting a good hold on who and what we’re doing. But we’re excited for ’16 and looking forward to getting 2020 as well,” said Jill Osuna, Phoenix Inn Sales Director.

Travel Lane County reps say last year’s track fans spent $31 million during the trials and they expect to meet or exceed those numbers in 2016.

Travel Lane County says holding functions like this, and successfully at that, really helps make them a desirable location for other events such as the World Junior Track and Field Championships, which will be held here for the first time next summer.

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