Bowl Game Booms Business

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Hosting a bowl game is always good for the economy in the city where the game is played, But it can also help local businesses in areas where the teams' fans are.

Mountaineer fans packed into J.P. Henry's, a local bar and restaurant, to cheer on their team in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

"We're from the Detroit area, but we come down here to watch the games because normally we can't get them up in Detroit, Mike Duskey, a Mountaineer fan, said.

But even if Duskey could watch the 'eers from Detroit, he said a bowl game isn't something he watches from his living room. To him and many other fans, it's all about the atmosphere.

"There's three things that never go out of style, and that's gourmet burgers, cold beer and mountaineer football," Co owner Bre Hughes said.

Hughes is a football fan herself, and a game like this one is really bringing in the bucks for her business.

"It's 200 percent. 200 percent different," she said.

But a motto that she and her employees stick to is, "it's not about the money."

"It's about the customers and making sure their happy, and if they are, yeah I'll probably get better tips and better money," Bobby Blankensob, an employee, said.

"It's a friendly atmosphere. It's good food, and look here....touchdown!....Alright, see that's what I'm talking about right there. Alright Mountaineers," Duskey said as the Mountaineers scored a touchdown.

Going to show that good food plus a good touch down equals happy customers, and more cash in the register.

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  • by me Location: Parkersburg on Dec 28, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    The game was a blast..sorry you all had to be at home for the victory! With a record of over 72 thousand people to watch the game, Over half the people there were WVU fans.
  • by WVUmounty Location: Parkersburg on Dec 27, 2008 at 10:17 PM
    I was very happy that WVU won in the end, but the Mountaineers made it alot harder than it should have been. UNC is a basketball school! Any "true" West Virginia fan who saw the game can't be happy with the effort put out by the WVU offense and defense at times. I can live with a defeat provided that the Mountaineers give it their all. What infuriates me is when West Virginia players "quit". All I ask is that if they are going to go down, then go down fighting!
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