Reno Casinos See Super Bowl Surge
If they can't get tickets to the actual super Bowl, some sports fans settle for the next best thing in terms of bang for their buck. Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Reno all report an increased influx of visitors over Super Bowl weekend.
"It's not just coming here to gamble," says Ben McDonald, Communications Manager for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. "It's coming here for the entire experience. You can sit around, move around, if you want to hang out in the sports book for a couple hours and then go catch the game at one of the restaurants, you can do that."
For years, all the major casinos in the state count on those bigger crowds for what is considered the biggest sporting event of the year in the United States. They don't just expect bigger action at the sportsbooks, but at all the restaurants, bars, and of course, on the casino floors after the game ends.
"The big game has always been very good for the Northern Nevada economy," says Tracie Barnthouse, Communications Manager for the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. "We have lots of people come over from California to watch the game and that certainly affects and boosts our economy and our occupancy. I will say that if you haven't booked your room, you should do that soon because we're looking to be sold out this weekend."
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