EUGENE, Ore. — Many Eugene restaurants are hoping to double their sales once the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials begin.
Businesses are gearing up for the influx of thousands of visitors for the trials.
The Bridge Bar and Grill didn’t get to benefit from the trials last time they were in town, but now the restaurant is positioned to make big bucks in its new location just a couple of blocks from Hayward Field.
Nike also chose The Bridge to be its partner bar, hosting meetings and catering to the athletes.
Nike provided the staff with shirts, shoes and lots of banners.
The bar and grill managers say they’ve also hired three extra employees.
The kitchen is also doubling its food order getting food shipped in three times a week, rather than its usual two.
Managers say they’re banking on their traditional discounted happy hour to also bring in the business.
“It’s a great deal, all of our food is incredibly healthy and fresh so it’s awesome for the people coming in to watch and all the athletes,” explained Nekol Olsen, The Bridge Manager.
While the trials don’t start till the 22nd, a local cab driver told KEZI 9 News that he’s shocked to see all of the hotel parking lots full as he picks people up from the airport.
Travel Lane County predicts event spectators, athletes and media will contribute 31 million dollars to the local economy over the 10 day span of the trials.