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Business boom in Rochester during tournaments

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Visitors are pouring in from out of town this week for three different sports tournaments.

Basketball, hockey and wrestling athletes and fans are descending on Rochester, and local business owners are looking at it as an extended Christmas gift.

It's not very often there are three big tournaments at once in Rochester. It means about 1,000 hotel rooms will be filled with athletes and fans, and the timing means a nice end of the year boost for local businesses.

According to the Rochester Sports Commission, this weekend could bring in about $500,000 into Rochester.

Local restaurants are preparing for a steady stream of customers.

"It's always good when you get that many people coming to Rochester," said Nick Powers, manager at the Canadian Honker Restaurant. "You always see a good boost in sales, and really it's just good for the community in whole"

Restaurants don't only get business from out of town visitors. Local teams often like to have a pre-game breakfast or post-win celebration.

Rochester typically makes about $7 million a year from sporting events.

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