Fiesta Bowl draws big crowds to local bars in the Miami Valley

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Rooster’s Manager Jon Elking says games like Fridays always draw huge crowds.

“This is great for business,” Elking said. “A lot of people come out and watch the game. They enjoy their time here we get a lot of cheering. It’s a great time.”

And Roosters isn’t the only business benefiting. Places like Cadillac Jacks and Dublin Pub also had football fans spending money on food and drinks.

“It’s been pleasantly busy,” Cadillac Jacks server Ashley Walsh said. “We love every single football game. All fans because it brings in a lot of business. We love the games. We love supporting the fans.”

“We had a full staff just because we knew that game was gonna be a relatively a big draw for us,” Dublin Pub Manager Gene Bowling said. “Last night’s game, with neither of the teams being local we didn’t get the draw we wanted to.”

Bowling says it wasn’t just Ohio State fans who brought in big business to his bar.

“Today the big game us being an Irish pub we had a big Norte Dame following today,” Bowling said. “We had this entire room packed with Norte Dame fans. We did have some Ohio State fans, but no where near the amount of the irish fans. Unfortantely for them, the buckeyes took care of business today.”

When it comes down to it, Elking says no matter the teams, football is always the biggest draw at his bar.

“Football impacts our business very well,” Elking said. “We get a big turnout on Saturdays and Sundays. NFL games, especially Bengals and Steelers and Browns games brings out a lot of people.”

For Elking, today’s big crowds were a great start to 2016. Looking ahead, he hopes business continues to keep booming.

“I’m definitely hoping for more turnout,” Elking said. “NFL playoffs will be starting soon so I’m hoping we’ll get a nice turnout for that and also going into the spring and summer we’ll definitely be bring in some great business as well.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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