High School Football Playoffs A Touchdown For Abilene Businesses

ABILENE, Texas - About half a million dollars could be coming to Abilene by way of the high school football playoffs.

That's how much Abilene could see in revenue from over 35,000 high school football fans pouring into town.

Last year the city played host to six playoff games, generating more than a half million dollars to local businesses.

With playoff games already scheduled and a state championship being held here, expect the more than 35,000 visitors to shell out the dough.

"The restaurants, the gas stations, shopping, retail outlets, those take a big boost when we host this many playoff games," said Debi Schultz with the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Schultz said while other events like the Texas High School Rodeo bring in more dollars, the window of opportunity for local businesses is longer during playoff season.

"The time frame will be starting Thursday night and it will end in Abilene with the 6 man championship which will be December 10th."

Time will tell just how many playoff games will be played in town, but 14 games have been hosted over the last two years right here in Abilene.

At least four are scheduled to be held here this weekend.

More games could be held in Abilene throughout the playoff season.

The 6-man State Championship will be hosted at Shotwell Stadium on December 10th.

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