Phillies post-season should give local economy a boost

    If they win tonight, the Philadelphia Phillies head to the World Series to defend their title. But baseball fans aren’t the only ones cheering about the team’s victories. The Phillies’ playoff success last year brought about $20 million in revenue to the region including restaurants, parking, clothing and other Phillies merchandise.

    If they win tonight, the Philadelphia Phillies head to the World Series to defend their title. But baseball fans aren’t the only ones cheering about the team’s victories. The Phillies’ playoff success last year brought about $20 million in revenue to the region including restaurants, parking, clothing and other Phillies merchandise.

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    A winning team is good for the mood of many local residents and it’s good for business, but that’s not the only thing a winning baseball team can do for the area.

    Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce CEO Rob Wonderling.

    Wonderling: One of the things we try to do  through our Select Philadelphia Initiative is position this region as a place for companies from around the world to come and create jobs for individuals. Having a world championship team in any sport – and particularly in baseball with a repeat by our Phillies – really adds boost to our ability to sell this region.

    Mass transportation officials are preparing for a big Phillies win too. SEPTA is adding trains to its Broad Street and Market-Frankford subway lines before the game and to its regional rail service after the game.

    The Philadelphia Phillies play the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia beginning at 8:07 p.m. The Phillies lead the series 3 – 1. In the best of seven series, a win tonight would make them the National League champions. Tonight’s game is televised on TBS.

    If the Phillies lose tonight:

    Gm 6* Phillies @ Dodgers Fri. Oct. 23 7:30 p.m.
    Gm 7* Phillies @ Dodgers Sat. Oct. 24 7:30 p.m.

    * – Indicates “if necessary”

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