CLEVELAND -- Despite the Indians loss in the American League wild card game Wednesday night, the big winner is the local economy.
Downtown restaurants, attractions, suburban sports bars and other businesses have been preparing for days for the Indians playoff game, followed by a rare Thursday night game for the Browns.
Team NEO has studied the economic impact one postseason game has for the city of Cleveland.
The calculations are estimates in 2010 dollars.
It will bring in over $1.8 million in sales for food, services and merchandise sold because of the game.
Sales, income, admissions, hotel and parking taxes will total $166,000.
And additional wages to employees will total $774,000.
Positively Cleveland, the region's promotional agency, says the playoff game provided a chance to showcase all the new downtown development projects both to residents and out-of-town visitors.
Meanwhile, the impact of Browns home games is significant too. The last study by Positively Cleveland in 2007, estimated that every Browns home game generates $7.9 million for the local economy.
Businesses like the Tilted Kilt restaurant are cashing in on the popularity of Cleveland's sports teams.
"We love it. We love it. And the Cavs start up at home next week, too, so we'll take all three [teams]," said regional manager George Fox.