Baltimore braces for an economic boost as the Orioles enter the playoffs

The Orioles will host the New York Yankees Sunday at Camden Yards.
The Orioles will host the New York Yankees Sunday at Camden Yards. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

The Yankees are coming, and Baltimore's economy is ready.

Less than 24 hours after the Orioles' playoff clinching win, city businesses are preparing for an influx of dough generated from Sunday's game against the New York Yankees.


"We don't have hard numbers, but what we do have is a lot of buzz," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "There is a buzz and excitement in hotels, restaurants, and even in the retail shops in and around downtown as we anticipate the playoff games. I'm looking forward to getting some great economic numbers on the other side of the games. I hope this is something that continues for years to come. We've waited a long time for a winning season."

Townhouse Kitchen and Bar, a newly opened eatery in Harbor East, experienced its busiest night since its May opening when the Orioles qualified for post-season play Friday night.

"Our bar was packed 10 deep all night," said Tina Lavelle, the establishment's general manager. "The bar was literally chanting 'Orioles' the whole night. The energy was crazy."

Lavelle, a New York native, is pulling for Baltimore.

"The friendliness and good energy is what we all needed in Baltimore," she said. "Our business is booming. We're expecting to ride this wave with the Orioles until they win the World Series."

The city typically receives an economic boost each time the Orioles pay either New York or Boston, according to Tom Noonan, President & CEO of Visit Baltimore.

"Rates go up $20 to $50 a night for Red Socks games and up to $70 for Yankees games," Noonan said in reference to research his office complied data looking at the last five years of regular season games "When the O's played these teams we saw a lift. I guarantee you that hotels were really excited that the O's won. That means that people are going to come."

The uncertainty created by the Orioles end of the season win can only help businesses such as hotels and airlines who can now charge a premium for last-minute bookings, according to Noonan.

"It allows them to drive an extra rate," he said. "It's good for the businesses."