Local bars see dip in business on away-game days

Bars see dip in business during away games
Bars see dip in business during away games(Kamri Sylve)
Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 11:18 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 11:38 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Many Lincoln bars look forward to husker football season. The season usually means more customers and money, but not necessarily during away games.

Businesses don’t get much traffic during away games, so they adjust their strategies on away days.

Captain Jack’s, located in downtown Lincoln, is usually packed on home game days.

“Away games are a lot less,” said Leann Doyle, the manager and lead bartender. “You don’t see the travelers in town. There’s not a lot of people coming down.”

On away game days like Saturday, it’s typical to see only one bartender working and less than a handful of people grabbing a drink.

“When you’ve got a good crowd in and people are feeling comfortable, your bartender is going to make good money, we’re going to have 2-3 people on shift,” said Doyle.

The Press Box, at 56th and Hwy 2 said they feel the same impact.

“We get a really good crowd for home games,” said John Larsen, the co-owner. “We get people in to watch the game and we also get a crowd after the game.”

Away games hit business hard there, too.

“We only have two servers during the daytime, so it does cut back a little bit,” said Larsen.

Larsen said business doesn’t solely depend on where the Huskers play, but how they play as well. Said Larsen:

“If Nebraska plays well, then, business is peaked and get have better crowds.”

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