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This is the rebirth of downtown, years in the making.

Events bringing ten's of thousands of people back to Cleveland this weekend. Between the first full weekend of Horseshoe Casino, Tribe games, festivals and the Marathon, downtown has never been so jam packed.

Andrea Hipkiss and her husband had to come and be a part of the buzz downtown. They rode their bikes from Hudson for an overnight downtown stay-cation.

"We just thought it would be fun with the casino going on, the game and the fireworks going on tonight," says Hipkiss.

It seems a lot of people had the same idea. Virtually every hotel room is booked downtown with 40,000 people either running or cheering for the Cleveland Marathon, hundreds honoring our fallen police officers, people looking to catch a Tribe game or people looking to strike it big at blackjack or slots.

"This past week, the casino opened on Monday we've been sold out every single day," says Angela Franklin with Marriott.

They're booked for the next 4 or 5 weeks. But it's the hotels and restaurants that are truly striking it rich.

"We had people calling weeks ago and we were completely booked up," says Alison Moyers, Manager at Lola.

Michael Symon's popular Lola has over 260 reservations on Saturday night alone. It's the same story for all of Cleveland's culinary hot spots.

"Reservations for the whole weekend, booked Friday Saturday and Sunday, we are totally filled up," says Greenhouse General Manager Bryan Delisio.

He says compared to last year, they're seeing larger crowds and more reservations.

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