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Mon January 21, 2013
As NHL lockout ends, Detroit businesses to get a boost
Detroit Red Wings fans aren’t the only ones excited that the National Hockey League has resumed play after a nearly four month-long labor dispute.
Michael O’Callaghan, the vice president and chief operating officer of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, saied local businesses lost about $2 million for every missed home game.
"It's impacted local businesses significantly, and we're awfully grateful that we're going to get the remainder of the season in," O'Callaghan said.
The Red Wings will play 24 home games in the shortened season. O'Callaghan said that will add about $40 million to the local economy.
"Because the fan base is as strong as it is in Detroit, there will be a demand for those tickets and these businesses will get healthy once again," he said.
The Red Wings play their home opener against the Dallas Stars tomorrow night. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
-- Joseph Lichterman, Michigan Radio Newsroom.