Month of Rugby Generates £36 million for Scottish Economy

It was announced today that the three major events held at the stadium last May – the Heineken Cup, the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s Festival and the engage Super League Magic Weekend – have contributed some £36 million to Scotland's economy.

This brings the total economic impact from events at Murrayfield Stadium, the home of Scottish Rugby, to a staggering £129.9million for the last season.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, said: “The month of May was an exceptional month for the capital and for rugby as the city welcomed tens of thousands of rugby fans to enjoy the action of not one but three world class rugby events.  Footage of the games was shown around the world, highlighting Edinburgh’s exceptional credentials as a host for sporting events, and the atmosphere in the city was electric as fans and locals supported their teams.

“The economic impact of £36 million generated by these three major rugby events is a phenomenal figure and the tangible benefits felt over the month of May by hoteliers, restaurants and businesses which rely upon the tourist trade were a reflection of this impressive figure.  We look forward to the coming season of rugby in 09 / 10 and to reaping further benefits from it for Scotland.”

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