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Basketball Tourney Disappoints Merchants
Metro Des Moines hotels, restaurants and malls expect a big boost in business during the Girls' and Boys' State High School Basketball Tournaments, but some told KCCI Wednesday that they're disappointed in the traffic this year.
On Court Avenue in Des Moines at noon, you'd expect lunch time business to be bustling during the Boys' Tournament. Wednesday, KCCI's Cynthia Fodor didn't find a ton of out of towners eating out.
This year, the big teams at state are from the central part of Iowa including Southeast Polk, Valley and Urbandale.
Spaghetti Works Manager John Scholl said a boost in business all depends on, "Which teams come, where they're coming from, whether they win or not."
Some hotels in the suburbs like Clive and Altoona told KCCI they're disappointed their rooms are not full.
The teams from closer to the metro don't end up staying in hotels during the tournament; neither do their parents, fans and friends.
It's not just hotels noticing a drop in business this year. Typically, state tournament time means prom shopping time.
GLAM in Jordan Creek Town Center said it was busy last weekend with the girls in town, but this week is slow.
"We noticed it's local people. Not a whole lot too far away so that's probably been affecting us," said Kristin Johnson, a worker at GLAM.