Not only did Phish delight the droves of fans who showed up at Magnaball, but the band provided an awesome boost to the local economy of Watkins Glen, NY. Watkins Glen International reports that between state and local taxes, the three-day festival generated $720,000!
Even Michael Printup, President of Watkins Glen International was impressed with the turnout, saying “Any time you have the opportunity to bring 30,000 people to a facility for an extended weekend; the surrounding area is going to see an increase in potential customers from that. We’re happy to hear an overwhelming majority of businesses saw this as a positive boost.”
Local business owner Kevin Murphy echoed those sentiments as well. He says, “Magnaball couldn’t have been better for us. We experienced an unexpected increase in business, in addition to the opportunity to meet and work with some professional and pleasant people. The weekend had a very positive economic impact and exposed our wonderful community to thousands of people.”
Here’s to hoping Magnaball wasn’t the last time the Vermont Four return to Watkins!