Suri said once the news spread that the University of Miami canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, the hotel’s front desk phone started ringing off the hook. Those calling were fans who had plans to travel from out of town to see the game.
“All the people who were supposed to come, groups, they have canceled all reservations,” Suri said. “That's going to be a loss near $7,000-$7,500.”
Jonesboro’s Mayor Harold Perrin echoed the thoughts of Suri on bringing a large amount of revenue to the city.
“Obviously we would love to have the revenue, no question about it,” Perrin said. “With a game that size, there would have been a lot of people in town, and they would spend money while they are here, but you have to look at the why.”
“The main thing that we need to stay focused on is the reason why,” Perrin said. “Why they aren't coming, I think the reason for that is the weather and our prayers and thoughts are going to be with them, just like in Houston. As mayor, I’d certainly like to extend our deepest concerns, prayers, and thoughts to the mayor in Miami and the whole area in Florida.”
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