Businesses eagerly await the promise of a busy downtown for Hoopfest weekend

Businesses eagerly await the promise of a busy downtown for Hoopfest weekend

With more than 250,000 folks planning to flood Spokane this coming weekend, $46 million dollars of downtown spending is expected to follow them.

“Its going to be pretty crazy with all those people coming in,” said Scott Wurtzbacher, owner of Chronic Tacos.

More than 14,000 3-on-3 basketball games will be played during Hoopfest and Wurtzbacher says he and fellow business owners are prepping over time for the crowds.

“Other businesses say Hoopfest is one of the busiest weekends of the year,” he said.
Chronic Tacos has only been open a few months and has never experienced the rush of Hoopfest but they are ready for it.

“We are making everything every morning fresh, but we are loading up on product,” Wurtzbacher says.

At the oldest hotel in Spokane, the 1899 Montvale Hotel, the last remaining rooms for Friday night are filling fast.

“We have had people booking for this weekend since last year,” said Lexi Saeger, front desk manager at the Montvale. “We have people coming in from Denmark, Germany, Italy and France.”

She says after Friday, the weekend is booked solid.