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CUP OF PLENTY? FL HAS TENNIS EVENT IN PALM OF HAND
Published September 24, 1998
Palm Beach County, FL, officials said that hosting the Davis Cup Finals at Delray Beach "would mean an economic windfall of about $15 million" for the county, according to Krause & Bennett of the Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL. Charles Lehmann, Dir of the county's Tourist Development Council, said that the money would come from "the thousands of tennis fans who would spend an estimated $300 a day on hotels, meals and other attractions." On Wednesday, the USTA and ITF chose the Delray Beach Tennis Center as the site of the finals, provided the U.S. beats Italy and Sweden beats Spain this weekend. If not, Davis Cup rules would send the finals to a different location. Tennis Center Manager Brahm Dubin said it would receive $10,000 to $15,000 to host the tournament, which "may mean breaking even this year for the first time since the center opened five years ago" (Krause & Bennett, Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL 9/23). In Palm Beach, Clarke & Chuck put the economic impact between $13-15M, and note that Delray Beach submitted its bid "just" three weeks ago. The County's Convention and Visitor's Bureau will cover half of the $200,000 cost of hosting the event. City and county officials are looking for sponsors to pay the remainder (PALM BEACH POST, 9/24).