Phish Magnaball at Watkins Glen International boosts local economy

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State and local tax generation of at least $720,000 can be attributed to the 2015 Phish Magnaball festival.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 8, 2015) – The recent Phish Magnaball event held at Watkins Glen International not only filled up facility campgrounds and kept on-site vendors busy, the three-day festival also had a sizeable impact on the local economy.

State and local tax generation of at least $720,000 can be attributed to the weekend, which was Phish’s tenth festival, and second held at the historic racing facility.

In addition, area business owners and officials were quick to credit upticks in their own traffic to the sold-out event, including Kevin Murphy of Watkins Glen Lumber.

“Magnaball couldn’t have been better for us,” said Murphy.  “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.”

Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup was pleased to hear the feedback on the event’s effect on the local community.

“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.”

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