By Jennifer McGraw

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The city will host the Amgen Tour of California Saturday making it the third time in state history the men’s race moved south to north, crossing the finish line in the capital city.

“It’s the biggest, the best field, the highest profile event in the country,” said Mike Sophia, Sacramento’s sports commissioner.

As the cyclists whiz through by, road closures will be in place with more than 100,000 spectators lining the streets.

“It will be a fun weekend,” he added.

Thousands more are expected to come downtown for other events including graduation ceremonies for Sacramento State at the Golden 1 Center and McGeorge School of Law at the Memorial Auditorium.

There’s also a musical at the Community Center Theater and a volleyball tournament at the convention center.

“The last bike tournament we had was huge,” said Kush Babbar, manager at Bennigan’s restaurant downtown.

Local businesses like Bennigan’s on K Street welcome the extra revenue.

“Right now it’s a little bit have a downtime for the whole block,” he said.

Weekends like this are a big boost.

“They make up huge,” Babbar said.

Sophia said they’re expecting at least a $1.5 million impact for the city.

“This is absolutely the top race in the United States,” he said.

All eyes will be on Northern California setting a stage for the world.

“Cycling is huge around the world, particularly in Europe—16 million people will watch the Amgen Tour of California in Europe, so that’s great exposure for Sacramento,” he said.

So whether it’s to watch your top graduate, catch a downtown play, or simply to snap the best riders you’ll want to plan ahead to make it to your main event.

The road closures begin on Friday afternoon and last through Saturday night.

  • L Street from 9th to 19th streets
  • Capitol Mall from 3rd to 10th
  • N Street from 7th to 15th
  • Q Street from 14th to 19th Street
  • 18th Street from L to Q
  • 10th Street from J to P streets
  • 11th street from N to P streets (on-street parking restricted)
  • 12th Street from N to O Streets (on-street parking restricted)
  • 15th Street from J to R
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