Bengals' playoff game will be boon to area

CINCINNATI (AP) — An analyst says the Cincinnati Bengals' first home playoff game in three years could have an economic impact of $14 million for the region.

That includes things like ticket prices, bar and restaurant business, various taxes and other spending. The estimate is from Jeffry Rexhausen of the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, who has studied playoff game impacts from the past.

A visitors' bureau official tells The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) that there are many other tourism-related benefits the city will get from having out-of-town visitors and national TV exposure of the revitalized downtown and other landmarks.

The Bengals play the San Diego Chargers Sunday. The team last hosted a home playoff game on Jan. 9, 2010.