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QUESTION: Will University Place Benefit Directly From The 2015 U.S. Open?

The USGA completed its signature event Sunday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco with Webb Simpson raising the trophy. But one media outlet described how the Open's biggest attraction was its merchandise tent.

The 2012 U.S. Open ended with Webb Simpson hoisting the trophy Sunday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

But while the American golfer might have clinched the title with an impressive round, one media outlet reports there might have been a bigger winner: the U.S. Open merchandise tent.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the sprawling canopy welcomes thousands of tourists the week of the Open:

For 11 straight days during the U.S. Open, fans parade through its cavernous space and drop more money than you could imagine.

"We'll have over 100,000 transactions over the course of the week," said Mary Lopuszynski, senior director of licensing and merchandising for the USGA.

"Altogether, we'll sell 500,000 items."

That got us at Patch thinking about the 2015 U.S. Open that will be coming to in University Place. It might be hard to imagine now, but that same crush of tourists will converge on University Place three years from now, accompanied with burning cash.

But whether University Place will benefit directly from all those tourists is unclear. While the community is hosting the event, UP doesn't have enough hotels to house even a fraction of the visitors.

They'll be staying in Tacoma, or even more likely Seattle an hour north. It's also unclear whether they'll eat, drink and play in UP. Many fans will shuttle in from outside the community, watch the golf and shuttle back to their hotels.

But one way University Place could benefit directly would be sales at the merchandise tent, food stands or any other U.S. Open-related amenity that could generate sales tax dollars.

- who's also president of the University Place/Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce - says he thinks the city will benefit.

"My question is what would the City of UP do will all the sales tax revenue from these kind of sales in 2015?" Randy wrote, referring to the San Francisco Chronicle article. "The city will make money off the Open with lifting a finger."

While that's one opinion, we want to hear what others have to say. What do you think? Will University Place see a direct financial benefit from the 2015 U.S. Open via sales and other tax revenue?

Talk about it in the comments section and our Facebook page, which is a good thing to "Like" too.

Susan Allison June 18, 2012 at 09:16 PM
UP residents with houses available to rent to US Open attendees could benefit. Any idea how people could let attendees know about the opportunity to rent a UP house for the duration of the tournament?
Brent Champaco June 18, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Let me check with Pierce County, Susan. Thanks for the idea ...
Dan June 18, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Besides the obvious (craigslist), I think a much safer alternative is airbnb.com, which I plan on using. It can be used for the whole house or just a room, or a trailer in your driveway, or even a treehouse (I'm not kidding).
Brent Champaco June 18, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I agree w/ Dan. Make Craigslist a last resort...
Christie Anderson June 19, 2012 at 01:10 AM
It is unlikely that businesses in the city of UP will benefit directly from the 2015 US Open. However, as Susan mentioned, if you have a house you'd like to rent out there are big bucks to be had there.
NORMA FREDERICK June 19, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I have lived here in UP for almost 16 years, have I missed something ?. I don't remember EVER seeing any hotel, motel or anyplace for visiters to stay. I thought when they built the library, that there was going to be a hotel there, as well as a theater and other stuff, but if you wan't people to DO stuff here, you need to HAVE stuff for them to do, as well as eat here. The good places to eat have all been RAN OUT OF TOWN, what happened to Denny's, and Sharies, and how about that great Itallian place, Mama Satories, all gone and the only thing we have is fast food, and we all know you can eat just so much of that stuff. We will be the ugly step sister as far as having things to do here, and Tacoma will clean up like it usually does, please, BRING BACK THE GOOD STUFF !
Brent Champaco June 19, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Well, check this out, Susan. I asked Pierce County spokesman Hunter George your exact question. Here was his response. Hope it helps: "We get that question every now and then from folks in your area. We ask that people be patient and wait for the USGA to make those announcements. The USGA is moving two championship coordinators here early this fall, and they’ll get to work on those types of things. I would expect we’ll start seeing announcements in 2013, and even more in 2014." "Keep in mind, the USGA will coordinate housing for players and such. For folks who just want to try and rent their homes to fans, that’s up to the private market. It’s our understanding the USGA doesn’t get involved in that. I’m sure Craigslist will be full of listings." So I guess Craigslist is on the table after all....
Brent Champaco June 19, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Chris Egan with KING 5 did a good story on whether Chambers Bay is ready for the 2015 Open. Check it out here: http://www.king5.com/sports/Is-Chambers-Bay-Ready-to-Host-the-US-Open-159512775.html The thing that caught my attention: A ferry system to the properties? Interesting ...
Christie Anderson June 20, 2012 at 05:27 PM
While I agree with much of what you have said, there IS a new Italian restaurant here in UP....Massimo's ....their Penne Massimo is to die for!
Ken Campbell June 20, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Another opportunity for a refurbished Kalakala! And the state could rent out McNeil Island Penitentiary...we could have our own Alcatraz tours..and visitors could be ferried back and forth..just sayin'
Brent Champaco June 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Wow Ken. Those idea legitimately good ideas. That would be perfect!
Howard and Barbara Lee June 21, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Sorry Ken, the Kalakala is in such poor material condition that it isn't seaworthy enough even to be towed. Repairing a ship like this would cost millions and could end up making Town Center look like a bargain. However, renting out McNeil Island Penitentiary would be feasible since it is secure, in a scenic location, and accessible by an existing vehicle barge/passenger ferry. Were you "just saying" or just "staying?" Howard
Ken Campbell June 21, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Well, I am sure the `Ride the Ducks' of Seattle would add to their fleet. And, surely the Navy must have an operable `beach landing troop mover'..along with one of the aircraft carriers and trident submarines...I think someone already suggested a cruise ship..maybe the Costa Concordia will be available...
Howard and Barbara Lee June 21, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I am happy to find a person who thinks that "ducks" aren't just for art! Howard
Ken Campbell June 21, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Kobayashi house could be rented, and a tent city could be at Town Center and the Curan Orchard...
Howard and Barbara Lee June 22, 2012 at 12:52 AM
You will know that is going to happen when you see brass ducks flying!
Christie Anderson June 22, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Tent city at Town Center, LOL!!....I like that....but there are also those empty apartments the city owns across from Town Center that could be rented out as well.....IF it doesn't have toxic mold! :-p
Christie Anderson June 22, 2012 at 01:39 AM
LOL @ "You will know that is going to happen when you see brass ducks flying!" ....too true Howard!
Howard and Barbara Lee June 22, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Rental properties could benefit from the US Open since UP has no hotels or motels. However, how much sales tax is collected on rental revenue??? By the way, if you see any brass ducks flying, just hope they don't lay a brass duck egg on you!
Christie Anderson June 22, 2012 at 07:51 PM
LOL@ Howard....or MORE than a brass egg ;-)
Ken Campbell July 03, 2012 at 10:53 PM
The Nose likes my idea about renting out McNeil Island! http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/06/29/2198759/us-open-fans-will-need-2-hots.html
Ken Campbell July 13, 2012 at 02:42 AM
If 2012 Olympic spectators can use the Thames, certainly 2015 US Open visitors can use the Narrows! http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2018673941_webthames12.html
Dan October 06, 2012 at 06:02 PM
What are the plans for the dock or pier at Chambers Bay? I haven't seen anything happening. Are there even plans on the table? Clock is ticking...
Christie Anderson October 06, 2012 at 06:13 PM
One word for Chambers Creek Properties....Yurt!
Howard and Barbara Lee October 06, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Dan, what's the rush? Are you planning on using the dock as your escape route? Howard
Dan October 07, 2012 at 02:18 AM
If it comes to that, yes.

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