Green Day's impact on the Borderland's Economy

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 5:21am

From Matamoros Mexico... all the way to El Paso with love and a kiss - literally speaking.

"Billy Joel gave me a kiss. Oh my god, it was like one more thing. What? Give me a kiss and he just reached to me. I was like, 'Oh, my God. I can't believe it," Christian Sosa of Matamoros, Mexico told us.

Green Day fans flocked to the Borderland from all over to see the band play at Tricky Falls.

"It feels like I've waited for this moment for a long time. It was an incredible experience," Amanda Callihan of Las Cruces said.

March 14th marks a very Green Day for El Paso because all these people equals cold hard cash funneling towards the local economy.

"We had people coming from Houston, from Oklahoma. Which always has good impact. Hotels, restaurants, things like that," Barbra Welch, Co-Owner of Tricky Falls explained.

The venue also hires local equipment, which begets local labor, which begets local spending.

The Flores family spent $800 to come to El Paso from San Antonio. While Christian Sosa spent about $300.

"$51 the ticket, and $255 for the drive plus the hotel and some food," Sosa said.

Fans will leave the sun city for their respective towns, but the money they spent here will stay.

"So the hundreds of dollars you spent in El Paso is worth it? Totally worth it. I would spend more if I can," Sosa told us.

 

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