Businesses on Super Bowl week: Nobody goes there, it’s too crowded

The other day i mentioned a St. Louis restaurateur located near the Rams stadium who says he closes on Sundays rather than have his customers fight their way through game-day traffic. Today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram gives a more detailed look at the mixed feelings local businesses have over the flood of humanity that accompanies football games, then disappears the rest of the year. Key paragraphs:

Just south of Cowboys Stadium, Bill Testa, managing partner of the 54-year-old Candlelite Inn restaurant along Division Street, has pre-sold his lot to a parking vendor. It is already sold out, according to Parkwhiz.com.

Testa has catered some Cowboys games and believes that his restaurant could actually see an uptick in customers because of the lane closures. Yet there’s a small “For Sale by Owner” sign outside the restaurant entrance, an indication that Testa would like to move the Arlington institution to a new location.

“It’s hard for my longtime customers to get here when a game is going on,” Testa said. “And many of my customers that used to live around here have moved away. They live in Southlake or south Arlington or Mansfield.

“If I could sell the place tomorrow, I would. But I would move somewhere else in Arlington. I’ve had tire-kickers, but nobody can get financing in this economy.”

Which is pretty much what Phil Porter found, only at the macro level.


4 comments on “Businesses on Super Bowl week: Nobody goes there, it’s too crowded

  1. I’m still waiting for the report on how the city of Vancouver ultimately fared last February with the Olympics.

    Anyone have some links for that?

  2. I have contacts in Seattle and I am told that the same situation prevails there–the International District, sort of a generalized version of Chinatown, south of the two stadia, loses business during Mariners and Seahawks games because access and parking are difficult. I am told that Pioneer Square, which is north of the stadia, also tends to find that the games have an adverse impact.

  3. I’m a sports fan… but I’m glad it’s not just me who can’t be induced to brave traffic/be fleeced by local parking lots to attend a game.

    They can add all the features they want to a stadium, if it’s hard to get to I’d rather pay a modest amount to watch it in my living room.

    Sports subsidies have long since gotten out of hand.

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