CLEVELAND — From Friday to Tuesday, MLB All-Star week invaded the city of Cleveland in more ways than one.
Now that it's over, thousands are headed home with positive reviews and businesses are still adding up the money they raked in.
A projected $65 million dollars was spent over the last 5 days. A total of 73 bars stayed open until 4 a.m. to maximize profits. And most of them say, it was a big hit.
With many of the remnants of the All-Star week still proudly on display, the pride that comes with hosting All-Stars and thousands of guests hasn't gone away just yet.
“10, I'd give it a good 10.”
That's how Levi Hunter rated the Mid-Summer Classic gathering that brought thousands to Cleveland, even as he worked double his normal hours at Butcher and the Brewer---downtown businesses a clear beneficiary.
“It was very busy for a Monday and Tuesday. Everybody was just in a great mood. It was a really good time.”
That was the sentiment being shared across the country.
"From USA Today to ESPN, people all over the country writing about, not what a great game it was, but how great Cleveland was," said David Gilbert, who heads Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, two groups that were instrumental in making All-Star week a success. But there's no time to rest, they're already looking to the future.
“The next really big ones – NFL Draft coming up in April of 21, NBA All-Star game February of 22. We have March of 24, the NCAA Women's Final Four.”
From Play Ball Park, to an All-Star parade, a Home Run Derby and All-Star mashup for the ages, Cleveland hit a home run.
But it's just a taste of what's to come.
“Buckle up, and we've got a lot of great stuff coming,” said Gilbert.
It really is an unprecedented run over a really short period of time. You won't find another city that's been fortunate enough to host all these different things in a decade's time.
Enjoy it while it's here.