• Pirates Success Leads to Fiscal Success for Pittsburgh

     
    POSTED October 8, 2015
     

While the Pittsburgh Pirates are done for the series, they did qualify for post-season play, and this qualification, likely led to a significant economic boost for the Pittsburgh area, according to Visit Pittsburgh and Pirates estimates.

Yesterday’s National League Wild Card game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park is estimated to have resulted in roughly $4.6 million to $5-plus million in direct spending. This includes ticket sales, hotel rooms, concession stand sales, restaurants, retail sales and other.

The Pirates organization comes up with this figure through an industry standard formula from the Destination Marketing Association International, a global trade association for official destination marketing organizations.

"Congratulations to the entire Pirates organization for yet another great season of baseball and for continuing to put our city in the national spotlight," says Craig Davis, CEO, Visit Pittsburgh "Ninety-eight wins and going 8- 2 on their final road trip with the pressure building demonstrates the resolve of this team and its coaches, and their success continues to benefit our city in so many ways."

 

While the direct spending is incredibly important, there are other things more difficult to calculate that are equal in importance.

"When the national television cameras show the Pittsburgh skyline, Point State Park, the inclines or one of Pedro's homeruns landing in the Allegheny River, it creates a tremendous level of positive publicity and exposure for our city—exposure that we could never afford otherwise," says Davis. "The best way for us to promote the city is for people to see the city.  And the Pirates have made sure that hundreds of thousands of people across the country have seen our beautiful city from afar—and Pittsburgh becomes a winner, too."

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

 

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.

 

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.”