Dublin Villager

Presidents Cup

Economic impact, worldwide exposure lauded

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The Presidents Cup is expected to have a $50 million impact on the region, but Dublin plans to see benefits from the event beyond cash.

After two teams of the best golfers from throughout the world face off at Muirfield Village Golf Club Oct. 1-6, Dublin will be the only city to have hosted the Presidents Cup, Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup.

City officials and business groups plan to capitalize on that.

"Beyond Oct. 6 when it's done, we'll continue to use this as an example of the kind of event we can bring to the city," Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Scott Dring said.

"We'll use it for years to come," he said.

"After Oct. 6 these people will go away and leave a legacy and leave a good opportunity for us to sell and market the city of Dublin."

Hosting the Presidents Cup will put Dublin in league with the other U.S. cities that have hosted the event, said Dublin Mayor Tim Lecklider.

"In the eyes of many people and certainly the golfing world, this is considered a very prestigious event on the level of the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup, and Dublin will be the first city to have hosted all three," Lecklider said.

"But going forward, Dublin will be forever connected to hosting the Presidents Cup," he said.

"In the future when there's mention of the relatively few cities in the U.S. that have hosted the Presidents Cup, Dublin will be mentioned as one of the cities in that line up.

"The other cities are San Francisco and the Washington, D.C., area," Lecklider said. "It's quite an honor for Dublin to be in the company of cities of that caliber."

Dublin hotels will host more than 600 media coming to cover the Presidents Cup, snagging lots of money for the city as well as exposure.

"When it was announced three years ago we worked closely with the city and PGA to make sure Dublin is host of the media for the event," Dring said.

"Over 600 media are coming here from all over the world and they're not staying here two nights and taking off," he said. "Some are here 10 days.

"The players and dignitaries are staying at the downtown Hilton, but we're much more excited to have media here," Dring said. "It's another good way to promote Dublin to the media."

The press from the Presidents Cup could also lead to money down the road for Dublin, Lecklider said.

"I think and hope it will cause people to give Dublin a second thought," he said.

"Certainly in terms of economic development we're hoping all of the media coverage of the event will leave a positive imprint in the minds of people across the country and perhaps internationally," Lecklider said.

Dring is hoping Dublin residents will help visitors leave positive image.

"Another huge undertaking is trying to educate the local community about the tournament and being informed about the city to serve as ambassadors," he said.

"People from all over the world will come here and we want residents to be excited to talk about Dublin," Dring said.

"We want (visitors) to have a great experience when they come to our town."

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