Lincoln businesses prepare for 2010 Special Olympics

More than 3,000 athletes will be coming to Lincoln for the 2010 Special Olympics games. It's less than 2 weeks away and hotels and downtown restaurants are gearing up for a very busy week. At the Holiday Inn downtown they're gearing up for hundreds of Special Olympians to call their hotel home for a week.

Director of Sales Troy Terwilliger says the Holiday Inn is one of the host hotel's for the event and already have all 300 plus of their rooms booked with athletes and their families.  “For the better part of the last year we've been setting out focus on July 17th and we want this to go smoothly as possible because this event truly is about the athletes and we want the experience for them in Lincoln and at this hotel to be a very positive one,” Terwilliger said.

Restaurants down in the Haymarket are also preparing for big crowds during the 2010 games… General manager of Brewsky's Brent Applegate says for the past couple months they've been putting together a game plan. “This time of the year is pretty hit or miss during the week it's a little bit on the slow side, I think with what's going on we can probably expect it to be quite a bit heavier so we do need to staff up for something like this is a big event,” Applegate said.

The Holiday Inn is also the hub for thousands of athletes to pick up their registration packets.  Terwilliger says the hotel is certified to host people with disabilities and will be transforming it into an athlete friendly place with a party atmosphere. “From Saturday to Saturday this week during Special Olympics will be the best week this hotel has seen so we're pretty excited,” Terwilliger said.

The 2010 Special Olympics games will run for a week.  Thousands of athletes will start arriving to Lincoln by plane on Saturday July 17th.