State Championships give local businesses a boost

Posted Thursday, November 21, 2013 --- 7:04 p.m.

Thousands of football fans are spending the day at Camp Randall but not to see the Badgers play. The high school state football championships are in Madison and it's giving local businesses quite a boost.

Stephanie Reynolds is the GM at Lucky's Bar and Grill. She says when the state championships are in town things get hectic.

"It really increases our business on these days."

The 14 football teams playing Thursday and Friday bring with them fans, and lots of them.

"You got to earn your Christmas spending money somehow."

A group of high school teachers from Shiocton and no they weren't skipping school, it was canceled.

The bars and restaurants saw their surge of fans around lunchtime but businesses like Art Gecko on Monroe Street are expecting their crowds to come a little bit later.

"I think we're going to catch a lot of traffic between people here and going to Trader Joe's."

Marcel Colbert works at Art Gecko, he says they're in the perfect spot to catch some eyes.

"It's in walking distance, and I think more people place value on that verses driving around, because once they pay $20 to park they want to leave it there all day. "

He says with the holidays right around the corner, it's a great time to host state.

As for the fans, they're just happy to be in the capitol enjoying some football and family.

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