BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Economists say LSU’s national championship season has already put a little extra money in many of your pockets.
During a typical LSU season, one study shows folks from outside Baton Rouge spend around $120 inside the capital region each gameday.
That translates to about $3 million dollars each year in local sales tax revenue alone.
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But the economist who crunched those numbers says this year folks are probably pumping even more money into the local economy because of LSU’s success.
"There's a sense - just a happy sense - that causes people to go to restaurants more. To celebrate. It just opens up the pocketbooks and that has a tendency to be really good for the economy, as well," Loren Scott, a Baton Rouge economist, said. LSU says its football team's success has also led more high schoolers to apply to the university.
The school says it saw a five percent bump in applications during the middle of January, compared to a typical two-week period.