PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) – With college and pro football fast approaching, local businesses are bracing for bigger crowds.
“My main preparations are to improve food levels, staff levels and making sure all of our AVs and TVs are working properly,” Buffalo Wild Wings general manager Gabby Gara said.
“We make sure we have a plan for every day we have football because football isn’t just Saturday and Sunday, it’s pretty much every day of the week.”
While some fans go to games, the majority withdraw and end up watching games at a restaurant or at home, leading to crowded lobbies and longer wait times at many restaurants.
For many sports bars, this is considered one of the busiest times of the year.
“It’s always busy no matter who’s playing, especially on Saturdays and Sundays,” Gara said. “Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games we are busy, but Saturdays and Sundays are usually packed from opening to closing.”
While it might take a few extra hands to get through the day, many local businesses are excited about the game day atmosphere.
“I’m super excited about this time of year all the time because I know it’s going to be a great time every time I come to work,” Gara said. “It makes things more exciting, and I’m a football fan, so it’s a win-win for me.”
Many local businesses are also looking to hire additional employees for the season, opening up many jobs in the Pine Belt.
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