Wrestling championship giving big boost to Albany businesses

February 23, 2018 07:01 PM

ALBANY - There's a busy weekend ahead at the Times Union Center and it involves a lot of sweating and some intense competition.

New York state high school wrestlers will be battling it out all weekend.

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There will be multiple champs crowned on the mat and the tournament is also expected to bring huge crowds downtown.

Businesses are looking forward to the added foot traffic.

"We have approximately 13,000 fans that attend this tournament annually and the economic impact as estimated by the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau is $1.2 million. That's calculated from hotel nights, lodging, food, restaurant, gas station and entertainment. So it's a very big economic impact on the city of Albany," noted Robert Zayas, the executive director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

The finals will start Saturday, with a video tribute to the legendary Duanesburg wrestling coach, Joe Bena, who passed last week.


WNYT Staff

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