In Big Ten cities, a fall without college football is a crushing economic blow

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The players won’t play, the marching bands will remain silent, and the large stadiums across the Big Ten will sit empty this fall, leaving a hole for college football fans who build their year around a dozen or so Saturdays. But the impact stretches far beyond the locker rooms and stadium turnstiles.

The cancellation of the fall season promises to wallop businesses that count on those fall weekends for survival, and the economic impact is likely to measure in the tens of millions in many of the towns across the sprawling conference.

“We’re like a lot of businesses: We rely on the back-to-school and football season to really be our big moneymaking months,” said Michael Weber, vice president of Weber’s Boutique Hotel in Ann Arbor, Mich.

For decades now, the downtown hotel has been packed on fall weekends. Fans from all over pour into town to fill the country’s largest stadium and also fill one of the area’s most storied hotels. For many, the pregame brunch and postgame dinners at Weber’s are staples.

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