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Mangano: Barclays Tournament Will Bring $34M in Business

Report anticipates 30,000 fans coming to Farmingdale for each of PGA Tour event's four days.

Farmingdale is in for an "economic boon" with the PGA Tour's Barclays Tournament drawing thousands to the village Aug. 21-26, according to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

An independent economic analysis by Camoin Associates expects between 30-35,000 visitors for each of the competition's four days, with 10-15,000 arriving for each of the two preceding warm-up days, according to a release.

Of an anticipated 140,000 ticket sales, 80 percent are projected to be "new visits" to Nassau County.

The analysis used a formula that considers daily visits and overnight stays to produce a figure of $34.4 million that it expects to be pumped into the local economy by attendees.

Mangano said in a statement that the effects could be far-reaching for the county.

"Obviously, the more people who attend from outside the region, the greater the impact as they will need places to stay and places to eat," he said. "Those planning an extended stay can enjoy Nassau’s great beaches, museums, concerts and other amazing amenities that residents enjoy every day. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know Nassau County as a vacation destination."

Main Street will be closed to traffic on Aug. 24 and be made into an open-air mall, according to Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

The Long Island Rail Road will have during the four competition, its president announced Tuesday. 

Jeff August 17, 2012 at 02:22 PM
God, you people didn't learn from the last few tournaments, have you? It is just one big headache for us locals...you take away our lirr parking that we pay so much for, and the village does not benefit. People going to this event do not go into town to eat and shop, like you would like to believe.

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