INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The approach of the Colts vs. Broncos game gives us a new business term for downtown Indianapolis: The Peyton Ripple.
That's how the Visit Indy organization describes the demand for hotel rooms in advance of Sunday's showdown, with Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis.
Chris Gahl, a Vice President at Visit Indy, says Sunday and Monday nights "are the toughest nights of the week to fill hotel rooms in any major city."
But not in Indianapolis, not this weekend.
Gahl says with Manning leading the Broncos against Andrew Luck and the Colts, downtown hotels show "a spike in hotel occupancy" and that means "additional economic impact for the city."
Downtown Indianapolis has 7,200 hotel rooms. Gahl told 24-Hour News 8 they "are virtually sold out, showing nearly 99 percent occupancy."
He said the same Sunday in 2012 had only 57 percent of those rooms reserved. Gahl added "Expedia, another hotel booking agent, shows zero availability in the downtown area for October 19 through October 21."
Some of the demand comes from a hardware convention. But, Gahl said that organization claims only 1,600 of the rooms downtown. That leaves "the other 5,600 hotel rooms going towards the Peyton Ripple."
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