DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)– Flyer frenzy has died down, but local businesses have profited from the team’s impressive run in the NCAA tournament.
“Every seat was packed, everybody was screaming. It was just a really really cool time and atmosphere,” David Tickel, the general manager at Fifth Street Brewpub said the tournament was a promotion all it’s own.
Tickel said it helped being fairly close to campus.
“Crazy nights here, from having big UD flags waving and people chanting, having a good time. It’s just been more exciting, is the real thing.”
With the Flyers making it to the Elite 8 this year– farther than they had gone in the previous thirty– Tickel says the bar was wall to wall with people.
The boost in business even created a sense of unity, “Had a lot of people sitting with people they didn’t know, so it was ‘introduce you to you, and what do you guys think about supporting UD and having a table together?’”
While it was a disappointing loss for the Flyers this weekend, the crowds they brought in were anything but disappointing.
Now, the staff is looking forward to baseball season, “I would love to see people here before the game, having a beer and getting a sandwich, then heading over to the Dragons. Having them on TV, and promoting them as much as we can.”
The Montgomery County Conventions and Visitors Bureau will release how much money the NCAA tournament brought the area.