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Sioux Falls Businesses receive big economic boost from the weekend's events

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A big event weekend in Sioux Falls means a lot of people and a lot of business for the community.  

There's something for everyone in Sioux Falls this weekend—hunting, football, hockey, expos and even several weddings.   

The Sioux Falls Sports Authority expects more than 10,000 people for the USD vs. NDSU game alone.  There's also the opening weekend of pheasant season and all of the other events around Sioux Falls tomorrow.   

Area businesses say they are already seeing a boost in business, but they're expecting much more over the weekend.   

Karen Masterson, the General Manager of the Sheraton hotel near Howard Wood Field said there are already quite a few people checking in tonight. 

"The teams will be here sometime tonight, and then tomorrow, it will be all the fans," said Masterson. 

Across the street, the Ramada is booked with a wedding party and other family events.  But their restaurant and bar, Castaways is gearing up for a busy weekend. 

"We've been swamped all week with hunters starting this week and into next week and through the end of the month, so with hunting and sports its really just a great time for Sioux Falls and the surrounding area," said Brad Palmer, the Food and Beverage Director at Castaway's. 

It's also a good time for those visiting Sioux Falls this weekend.   

Joan Gebhart, the mother of NDSU football player Trevor Gebhart, said she expects to see around 6,000 bison fans in town this weekend who will absolutely contribute to Sioux Falls businesses.  

"They know how to party and shop and they just have a really good time," said Gebhart.  

Big events like this weekend are exactly what the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau works toward.   

"It means millions of dollars to the economy, people staying over night, eating in restaurants, shopping," said CVB Director Teri Ellis-Schmidt.  

This weekends' business boom isn't just because of football.  There's a Stampede Hockey game at the Arena, the Expo for Her at the Convention Center and several weddings in town as well.  

Many of those events are all going to be in the same place around the same time, so parking and traffic is a big concern for business owners in the area.   

"Parking is going to be an issue, we do try to reserve most of our parking here for guests at the hotel and the restaurant," Palmer said.  

There's also other logistics for business owners to consider, like extra staffing and supplies.  

Palmer said he order about double his usual order for food and alcohol at Castaway's this weekend.  

Masterson said the Sheraton will have a lot of extra housekeeping staff and security working this weekend as well. 

But even with all the extra planning required for big event weekends, the business owners agree that the benefits are well worth it.

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