U.S. Open Expected to Bring Big Economic Benefits to Bay Area

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:17:57 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)--More than 245,000 people are expected to descend on the U.S. Open  at San Francisco's Olympic Club Monday, and more than a few of them are  expected to walk through the doors of businesses in nearby Daly City.
Some restaurants on Daly City's John Daly Boulevard have already  seen a surge of new customers as media, officials and volunteers arrive for  the competition, which runs today through June 17th. 
"We've actually already seen an increase in business, especially  in the early morning," said Lana Flatt, general manager for the Boulevard  Cafe. "We're a busy restaurant anyway, but I think we're one of the few that  open up very early in the morning." 
Boulevard Cafe is one of eight or nine restaurants in the area  that has hired additional staff in preparation for the U.S. Open, which is  expected to bring an estimated $100 million in benefits to the region, said  Daly City Councilman David Canepa.
"We're really excited about it," Canepa said of the event. 
While Daly City has "buffed the sidewalks" and prepared for the  onslaught of people, Canepa said the U.S. Golf Association reimburses cities  for those expenses.
Those planning to attend the competition, however, should be aware  that while Daly City is ready to welcome them, it doesn't have anywhere for  them to park. 
Organizers are offering parking at Candlestick Park and a shuttle,  as well as a shuttle from the Colma BART station, Canepa noted. In addition,  Muni will be running buses into the area from San Francisco. 
"People should be aware that there is no parking for them in our  neighborhoods," Canepa said. 
The Olympic Club is America's oldest athletic club, according to  club officials. The competition will bring the U.S. Open to the club's Lake  Course for the fifth time since 1955.
The course, known for its tree-lined fairways and small, bunkered  greens, has a history of upsets; leading names including Arnold Palmer, Tom  Watson and Payne Stewart led early in the competition, only to lose to less  well-known players. 
The U.S. Open will affect service on Muni's 18 46th Avenue route,  according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Delays and  relocated stops should be expected in the area of the competition. 
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