Garth Brooks will be singing about his “friends in low places” in Saskatoon this weekend, but for the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, they will be focusing on the “fans from many places”.
Executive Director Kent Smith-Windsor says out-of-province numbers for the legendary country singer are seen from the fact that there “is nary a hotel room or bed and breakfast or anything of that nature available in Saskatoon during the Garth Brooks concert weekend”.
Smith-Windsor says of the 90-thousand plus people taking in Garth Brooks’ six shows over four days, soft estimates are that as many as 18-thousand of those fans are from outside Saskatchewan.
He says each one of those visitors represents at least 150-200 dollars in expenditures during their visit, so the city’s economic benefit will be in the “millions of dollars, no question”.
And coupled with the Saskatchewan Rush’s championship winning home game over this past weekend, Smith-Windsor says the SaskTel Centre will be a very important economic driver for Saskatoon in June.