BIG BOOM: Economic Impact of State Wrestling

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The state wrestling tournament draws in guests from all over the state, and that means big business in the metro.

When the wrestlers come to town so does a big boom to the city.

“We are busy,” said Manager of Zombie Burger Katie Frazee.

Frazee says they love it when the state wrestling tournament is in town and have enjoyed a busy day.

“We have both sides going on, our quick counter service has been really busy today along with our dining room, so we keep up with the pace and keeping it going,” says Frazee.

To keep up with the demand, extra staff is called in and the burger joint prepares for big groups to come all at once.

“We want to make sure we`re prepared and we`re ready to go,” says Frazee.

The same could be said for local hotels.

“It's exceptional, they come in they stay for several different nights. They come in and eat here at the restaurant, they visit local establishments as well, so it couldn't be better,” says Hyatt Place General Manager Jared Heglin.

Heglin says the hotel is sold out all weekend as are all other downtown hotels full of wrestling guests.

To keep those guests busy the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau sets up tables to give guests the info they need while in Des Moines.

“It gives them some ideas of what's around, so for people who haven't been here before it lets them try new things and people who have, it gets them re-familiarized with it and introduces them to places that are new since their last visit,” says Heglin.

The Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the economic impact for the city from state wrestling is $1.5-million over the four-day event.

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