Lodi Expecting Big Economic Boom from AMGEN

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Pat Patrick, the president of Lodi's Chamber of Commerce did not undersell the importance of the AMGEN Cycle Event finishing line being in Lodi Monday.

"The impact is huge," Patrick said. "This is one of the biggest days in Lodi since the rail road came this way in the 1800s."

An estimate of 40,000 people are expected to ascend on Hutchison Street Square, just outside of the city's downtown.

"This is like NBA playoffs and football playoffs but even better," said Jeff Weston, who moved to Lodi from the East Bay a couple of years ago and are now the head volunteers for Monday's event.

Patrick did not have an estimation for the amount of dollars expected to come into the city, however he said it would be "a lot," which is an obvious understatement.

Sacramento saw an extra couple of million dollars come its way during Sunday's first leg in the city.

All hotels in Lodi were sold out and schools let out early for the event it's expected to go from 11 this morning until 4 p.m. at Hutchinson Street Square in Lodi.

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