ASU Homecoming to Boost Economy -, Albany News, Weather, Sports

ASU Homecoming to Boost Economy

October 26, 2007

Albany - - Homecoming visitors are expected to bring a $3 million boost to Albany's economy. Area businesses say it's like a holiday that keeps them busy.

Over at Ole Times Restaurant on Dawson Road, employees are gearing up for the large crowds. We saw a few ASU alumni eating lunch Friday.

Managers here say they've been coming since the middle of the week.  

"Wednesday night they started coming in. Last night we had a tremendous night. We've been getting a lot of calls for reservations wanting to know could we handle them, what do we have going on. Looks like its going to be a little stronger than last year," says B. J. Fletcher.

Hotels are also cashing in on Homecoming. All of the rooms at the Hampton Inn are booked for ASU visitors.

Managers at the Hilton Garden Inn say they had to turn some guests away.