BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Many of the hockey fans are leaving Buffalo now that the World Junior Hockey Tournament has ended. But not before they brought in a lot of business locally.
Most of the fans in the stands have been Canadian. At a press conference Wednesday organizers attributed much of the success of the games to the location of the 10 day tournament, saying since it was held so close to the Canadian border it allowed them to capitalize on thousands of Canadian hockey fans. "I think it ran really well and I think it's a great venue HSBC," Canadian hockey fan Dan Woytowich said. "I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario so I come over here and watch hockey games."
According to sports business journal 65% of ticket sales came from Canadian fans. Executives also say American spectators turned out in record numbers. "I'm glad we came and bought tickets... it's been good for the city," USA hockey fan Emily Mollenberg said.
And for business owners near the HSBC Arena, they say they've been inundated with customers. "We've been fortunate because we're only a block away from the arena so we've had a great impact from the tournament so we've benefited greatly," Dennis Brinkworth, owner of WJ Morrisey's, said.