On Sunday, September 24, 2006, the Detroit Tigers secured a playoff spot by beating the Kansas City Royals 11-4 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The last time the Tigers appeared in the playoffs was 1987, when they lost to the Minnesota Twins in the American League championship series.
Yet to be determined is who the Tigers will play in the first round of the 2006 playoffs, and whether or not they will enjoy home field advantage. What is certain is that every seat will be filled for each playoff game, and that throughout the regular season, the Tigers’ winning ways brought record crowds to Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
Regardless of how much these baseball fans spend before, during, and after the games, it is a safe bet that the Detroit area economy has benefited from extra attendance at Tigers’ regular season games, and will further benefit from the playoff games. Our analysis concludes that larger regular season crowds have had an economic impact of $36.2 million, and that if the Tigers reach the World Series and play the maximum number of home games possible, the economic impact from attendance at playoff games could amount to $71.7 million.