Navy's athletic director Chet Gladchuk said Tuesday that the Annapolis, Maryland area could miss out on millions of economic dollars because of the possible cancellation of Saturday's game against Air Force.
As part of the government shutdown, all intercollegiate football games at service academies are set to be canceled if the shutdown continues. For now, the game is canceled, though if a resolution is reached by Thursday morning, it could still be played.
Gladchuk said that 40,000 tickets had been purchased for the game and that the average Navy home game generates $7 million in economic revenue for the Annapolis area. Air Force canceled its travel arrangements on Tuesday. (Perhaps a reverse jinx?)
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"When you consider all of the people that come in from out of town, stay at hotels, go to the restaurants and spend money at local shops, the economic impact is unbelievable," Gladchuck said. "Right now, we're like the rest of the country; we're keeping our fingers crossed and