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Big local ROI for Jacksonville’s Navy/Notre Dame game

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The score of last Saturday’s Navy/Notre Dame game in Jacksonville was Midshipmen 28, Fighting Irish 27.
But the big numbers for the city of Jacksonville went beyond the scoreboard.
Hotel occupancy at 90 percent. Over 50,000 people in the stands. Economic impact of $30 million.
Jacksonville has seen sports and entertainment as a major part of its economic strategy, and the strong performance of Navy/Notre Dame — on a weekend that saw everything from political activity ahead of the election to the iconic Raines/Ribault high school football game — is considered to be a major success by city leaders.
“This is a game the JAXSPORTS Council and our partners have been working on for well over a year, and we couldn’t have asked for a better-executed event,” said JAXSPORTS CEO Rick Catlett. “Our hotels were full, our restaurants and businesses were crowded and the stadium was full of so much patriotic spirit. From excited fans to military heroes, it was obvious everyone had a fantastic time, and we will continue working hard to become a regular host of this storied match-up.”
The game was landed last July, very early in the Lenny Curry administration.
Back then, positivity reigned.
Catlett called the event an “indication of the future.”
Chet Gladchuk, the Naval Academy athletic director, lauded the energy that came out of Jacksonville as “extraordinary.”
The city’s investment in the game, the mayor said in July 2015, would be capped out at $325,000, but they would “watch expenses.”
So, for a $325,000 investment of city money, $30 million of economic impact was derived.
Not a bad ROI.
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Jacksonville leaders talk “$75M – 80M” economic impact of college football, military events

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

After a month that has been defined by preparation for and recovery from Hurricane Matthew, Jacksonville could use some good news and some positive economic activity.
City leaders say it’s coming later in October and early in November, via both sporting events (the 2016 Georgia vs. Florida game and the Navy vs. Notre Dame game) and military events, in the form of the Jacksonville Sea and Sky Air Show and Veterans Day Parade.
On Tuesday morning, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, JAXSPORTS Council’s Rick Catlett, and the city’s sports and entertainment czar Dave Herrell spoke at some length about the cumulative “$75 to $80 million economic impact” of this quartet of sports and military events.
Georgia/Florida  on Oct. 29 and Navy/Notre Dame on Nov. 5 will generate the bulk of that impact, at $30 million each. The Sea and Sky Air Show on Nov. 5 and 6 and the Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11 will generate the rest.
Catlett and Curry lauded the unique synergy.
Catlett called it “an unprecedented time for our city as we prepare for the three most impactful back-to-back weekends in Jacksonville history.”
Curry appreciated the events as a “football fan and a son of a military veteran,” he said in the press release ahead of the presentation.
During the presentation, Curry noted that this “solidifies what you’ve always known about Jacksonville,” as a leader in sports and entertainment, and as the “most military-friendly city in the United States.”
Curry spoke to the economic impact, from “heads in beds” to other drivers of “major economic impact.”
“We’ll continue to go on no sleep,” Curry said, “but for some fun reasons this time.”
Herrell noted that “we are ten days out from the Florida/Georgia game,” which officially kicks off with the opening of RV City, a “very fun atmosphere in the sports complex for all the folks that come in.”
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