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October 25, 2012

City will get boost from visitor influx, national exposure

NORMAN — On Saturday, the Sooner Nation will deck itself in crimson and cream, while the Fighting Irish will wear gold and navy. But for Norman businesses, the colors of the day will be crimson and green ... as in greenbacks.

The Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates that between $6 million and $8 million new dollars will flow into the Norman economy because of the Notre Dame game.

But money isn’t the whole picture. The level of national exposure for the city and for the Sooners is a long-term byproduct.

“The prominence of Norman on a national stage with the likes of ESPN GameDay and ABC highlighting the storied traditions of OU is always good for business and our community at large,” Norman Chamber of Commerce President John Woods said. “Notre Dame has great traveling fans, and we expect this game to have a higher economic return for Norman than any in recent history. Hopefully Notre Dame fans will be in good spending spirits even after going home with their first loss of the season.”

The NCVB reports that “Norman’s hotels, motels, and beds and breakfasts have been at capacity since mid-July and we’ve been directing calls to Moore for overflow since then.”

“It’s hard to measure the difference between Florida A&M, Kansas State and Kansas for our hotel occupancy because the traveling OU fans fill up the rooms almost every home game weekend,” NCVB Communications Manager Stefanie Brickman said. “However, the biggest difference this week will be the exposure that Norman will have because of ESPN’s GameDay appearance. There are ample opportunities to showcase Norman to that loyal audience who tunes in to see the program each Saturday and have the spotlight shine on our city.”

Local hotels say the weekend is about more than just booked rooms.

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