A West Virginia University study estimates every home football game generates $1.6 million for Monongalia County’s economy, or $11.2 million over a seven-game season.
The Bureau of Business and Economic Research says that’s a conservative estimate.
It says the per-game impact is $880,000 in direct spending and $770,000 in indirect spending, such as workers’ wages and various taxes. The economic impact is largely in lodging, restaurant and bar sales, and sales at gas stations, the airport and parking
The study doesn’t look at surrounding counties in either West Virginia or Pennsylvania. Nor does it include spending from the WVU athletics budget.
It says the impact will likely change now that WVU is competing in the Big 12. High interest is likely to attract more fans and visitors to Morgantown.