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Football Season Boosts Local Economy

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

More than 80,000 fans in the stands of Doak Campbell stadium means more to local business owners than a crowded stadium, it means money going back into our community.

The tailgating lots were full of fans bright and early to get ready for the game. For local businesses thousands of people coming in town means more business for them, and they can thank football home games.

"Well normally you don't get these monstrous spikes that you see on the weekend that start Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday," said owner of Po' Boys, Jon Sweede.

The winning season for the Seminoles has not hurt either. Manager of Seminole Discount Liquor Danny Hilbert said, "Having Jimbo Fisher in here helps a lot. Everybody is energized having Christian, a Heisman candidate, so you know it's definitely picked up business 10 fold- since last year."

And the owners of hotels, restaurants and liquor stores are happy to have a reliable customer base. Business owners say they are already looking forward to next year's season.


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