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Businesses Win With a Draw
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) The U.S. Mens Soccer Team tied Portugal in a crazy World Cup Match Sunday evening. More than 4,000 miles away, restaurants and bars in the corridor are winning no matter what the final score.
"It's pretty cool just because you're coming together as a group, with people you have no idea who they are, said Doug Heider, a member of the American Outlaws, a group that promotes support for U.S. Soccer. You're hugging, you're screaming."\
"You can watch it on your couch at home but it's just not going to be the same as being out and being in such an electric atmosphere as it is here, said American Outlaws Secretary/Treasurer Seth Jacobs.
That comradery doesnt just fill the fans with national price, it fills the cash registers with money.
"I would say maybe five times, six times the amount of business that we normally do, said Donnellys Irish Pub General Manager Stacey Donahue. Donnellys hosts all of the American Outlaws official watch parties.
The United States first game was on a Monday night, which is normally pretty quiet.
"We were packed to the brim and served all kinds of food, said Donnellys cook Jack Elbert.
"It's not even just extra bodies, it's people that normally don't go downtown or people that generally don't come to this particular bar, said Donahue.
That not only gives the bars a bump now, but it gives them a chance to showcase what it would be like to come back, convincing people to venture out again, even after the World Cup is over.
"It's not just us that's being impacted by this, said Donahue. I've talked to several other bars that are doing much more business during the summer because of this.
Thats partially because when Donnellys is packed too much, they spread the wealth, encouraging fans to go to any one of a number of bars around the Ped Mall.
"Yeah they've been experiencing a lot more business because of it too and people are real happy about it, said Elbert.
Helping all the bars be more successful.