Royals win means big bucks for Kansas City businesses

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals' big win Tuesday translated to big bucks for metro businesses.

Kansas City's Visitor's Bureau estimated the economic impact of the team's postseason success is about $5 million per game.

"More money in the pocket," said Matthew McMurtray, a bartender at Johnny's Tavern in Prairie Village. "The more they spend, the bigger they tip."

McMurtray said those tips usually get bigger when the Royals are winning.

"It's basically put us on the national map with ESPN and everything like that," he said of Tuesday's Wildcard win.  "And it makes more people want to come into a sports bar and watch it instead of sitting at home."

McMurtray said the crowd and tips are only expected to grow when the Royals hit the field in Anaheim Thursday.

"People are going to be sharing tables, there's going to be a wait out the door," he said. "We'll probably do three times what we usually do on a Thursday night."

And when the boys in blue return home for Sunday night's match-up against the Angels, Kansas City hotels will be ready.

"This Sunday we are already seeing people are getting online, they're booking their rooms, they want to be the closest to history," said Greg Madden, director of sales and marketing at the Holiday Inn across the street from Kauffman Stadium.

It's booming business that helps rake in about $5 million for the city each home playoff game.

"We are the biggest supporters out there for the Royals because the Royals, how well they do, is really reflective of how well we do during the season," Madden said.

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