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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — While Purdue hosted the annual Old Oaken Bucket Game with Indiana this year, the local economy prospered. Gas stations, hotels, and restaurants benefited because of this weekend's game crowd.
Ticket sales for the game reached 50,000 for the 2017 Oaken Bucket Game. Businesses geared up all week in preparation for the fans. Union Club Hotel Student Supervisor Zachary Hiscox said businesses like theirs rely on gamedays like these.
"For the local economy there's definitely a spike in people spending money," he said. "Whether it's for food, for housing, or just buying things like Purdue sweatshirts or anything like that. So, gamedays definitely bring in more business for the locals, especially for the hotel here."
This weekend's football game was the last Purdue hosted in 2017.