Businesses seeing economic impact of Lakeview Amphitheater

Some businesses miles away report increase on concert nights

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Not even half way through the inaugural concert season and area businesses are already seeing the impact of the Lakeview Amphitheater.

Places as far as Downtown Syracuse are reporting increases in business on those nights.

Ale ‘n’ Angus Pub, on Harrison Street in Syracuse, is about 8 miles from the Amphitheater. 

The restaurant, which is strong on event nights at the War Memorial and Civic Center in the Fall, Winter and Spring, usually sees things quiet down in the summers.

"They came out with an Amphitheater concert like The Dave Matthews Band, sellout crowd; I just treated it as another day without an event because it’s not across the street.  We were wrong."  Matt Beach, Owner and General Manager of Ale ‘n’ Angus tells NewsChannel 9.

Many people are parking for free in the OnCenter parking lot and taking the short walk to the Centro Transfer Station downtown to catch dedicated Amphitheater shuttles on the night of concerts.

Ale ‘n’ Angus happens to sit right on the way between the parking lot and Transfer Station.

Beach says, "We benefit before, maybe Armory Square, which is again 8 miles from the Amphitheater benefits on the way back."

Onondaga County Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon says it benefits everyone in the County.

"We run County government on sales tax, that sales tax primes the pump for us to pave roads, keep up parks, and pay for our Sheriff's Department. The events are creating more economic activity than what we would have had and the tourism that's happened." McMahon says.

"Things have been going great.  It’s hard to believe standing here today an amphitheater 8 miles away would benefit my business but it is.” Beach says.

Starting with Thursday’s Zac Brown Band concert the Lakeview Amphitheater still has 10 more shows this season.

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