MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More than 100,000 people are expected to bring in an estimated $15 million to the capital city during the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships.
From hotels to restaurants and downtown hangouts, fans are taking over West 7th Street in a crashed ice village. Tourism leaders say the event combined with this weekend’s warm-up puts businesses on track for huge success.
Adam Johnson, vice president of marketing with Visit St. Paul, said that weather is likely to play an even bigger factor in the success of the event this year.
This marks the fifth year that St. Paul is hosting Crashed Ice.
After several hours of talks with St. Paul officials, members of Black Lives Matter St. Paul said on Friday they have cancelled planned protests at the event.