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Big games bring big business

By Bonney Bowman 10:45 PM January 19, 2014

Sports bars benefit from the excitement the playoffs generate, which translates to big profits

ANCHORAGE - Big games like Sunday’s championships can give a boost to local businesses looking to cash in on all that fan fever.

If you can’t be at the stadium, going to out see the game with friends is the next best thing.

Sports bars like the Peanut Farm benefit from the excitement the playoffs generate, which translates to big profits.

Manager Travis Block said he expected to see 500 people come through their doors Sunday.

Most people said they expected to spend between $50 and $100 at the restaurant.

The big crowd is also a benefit for servers, Block said.

The winter months tend to be slower, so he said it helps his staff make ends meet.

When popular teams are on the field, it’s an even bigger draw.

“It’s going to be exciting today because we have such big groups that like these teams and for us it just means more and more business,” Block said. “Sometimes on days like today we wish we had a bigger building.”

They were busy Sunday, Block said, but it’s nothing compared the crowd he expects on Super Bowl Sunday.

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