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Economic boost for Utica as AHL All-Star Classic comes to town

Hockey players and fans from all over the country will be in Utica this weekend for the AHL All-Star Classic, boosting local businesses.

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 11:21 PM

For the second time in four years, Utica has the honor of hosting the AHL All-Star Classic weekend.

People from all over the country will travel here to experience the best hockey and all the city has to offer.

The Adirondack Bank Center will be rocking on Sunday and Monday for the AHL All-Star festivities.

Off the ice, the economic impact of this weekend should be significant. Hotels and restaurants will be buzzing, including the Turning Stone Resort Casino who partnered with the league to host the event.

Mayor Robert Palmieri said it's a great opportunity for the city to be represented nationally and globally.

"The impact is tremendous for the city's recognition, but there is definitely an impact on the economy. It's the hotels, it's the restaurants, and it's the fact that you're having national recognition."

"I think everyone should come out and see something they've never seen before, which is all-star hockey," said Comets fan Butch Bellows. "What an outstanding place to come, there's food, entertainment for all ages and I think it's gonna be outstanding."

Players will arrive Sunday at the Turning Stone before meeting the fans at the Adirondack Bank Center for the skills competition at 8 p.m.

Then on Monday, the All-Star game is set for 7 o'clock.

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