Patriots part of big sports week for Rhode Island

Patriot Playoffs Just One Part of a Big Sports Week for Rhode Island

Area Sporting Events Projected to Have an Economic Impact of $4 Million in Next 10 Days

Providence, RI – When the Patriots have the home field for a playoff game, it’s not just an advantage for the team.  It’s a big win for the Rhode Island hospitality industry, as fans, media and opposing teams opt to stay in the Providence area.

“The playoff game on Saturday will bring the Chiefs, their fans, and media to hotels in Providence,” confirmed John Gibbons, executive director of the Rhode Island Sports Commission (RISC) who noted that about 200 hotel room nights had been confirmed for the team and the media but that fans booking with hotels directly are much more difficult to track.

The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB), of which RISC is a part, has been promoting Providence as an affordable and convenient option for Chiefs fans through targeted social media messaging and advertising.  Their website features a page dedicated to incoming football fans and includes a blog post by former Patriot Jarvis Green on his favorite Providence spots.

“That Patriots game is only part of a lucrative 10-day stretch of sporting events for Rhode Island,” noted Gibbons.  “We have a series of winter sports that will have a combined direct spend of $4 million in the Rhode Island economy.”

The JW Kennedy Memorial Hockey Tournament is taking place January 15-18, bringing 170 youth hockey teams, their families and fans to Rhode Island.  The tournament will utilize nearly every sheet of ice in the state and consume 3,000 contracted hotel room nights, for a direct spend impact of $1.3 million.

Next week, the Athletic Championships cheer event will bring more than 5,000 cheerleaders and coaches to the RI Convention Center Jan. 22-24.  The event will utilize more than 2,300 hotel room nights and have a direct spend impact of $2.36 million.  

These three events, coupled with the Providence College/Seton Hall basketball game on Saturday, the 5th Annual East Coast Championship Boys & Girls Indoor Track & Field Meet this weekend, and a potential second Patriots playoff game (should they win tomorrow) will provide valuable winter business to area hotels, restaurants and shops.

“No matter what the score, Rhode Island wins,” said Gibbons.

The Rhode Island Sports Commission is a division of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau whose mission is to enrich the Rhode Island economy and community through the attraction, promotion and development of sporting events and associated meetings. For more information, visit

(release from PWCVB)