FORT COLLINS - Having difficulty grabbing a seat at a favorite restaurant or bar on Elizabeth Street when one of the best teams in CSU basketball history is playing?
You're not alone, Fort Collins. And the scene around Campus West could become even more commonplace if CSU builds the proposed 46,000-seat on-campus football stadium.
"Every business on this street has become busier," said Robert McDougal, general manager at Jim's Wings, 1205 W. Elizabeth St. "You can tell by the droves of people walking down the street to Moby."
A number of restaurants located around campus and near Moby Arena said they've gotten a boost in sales on basketball game days whether the Rams are playing at home or away which they generally attribute to success of team.
Last weekend was no different when the Rams took on University of New Mexico at Moby Arena. As the Rams took shots during the sold-out basketball game, team spirit abounded as green-clad fans who missed out on tickets took shots of their own at nearby restaurants. Among the droves of Rams supporters were CSU students Danny Pylman, Max Ward and Alex Woods, who were cheerful in spite of Saturday's loss as they bounded along West Elizabeth Street.
"It's been a super-energetic season, man; we've had a lot of ups," Pylman said. Echoed Woods: "We're gonna do really well at march madness. March is our month."
The nine business owners and general managers interviewed by the Coloradoan said the energy spills over into their realm.
Throughout the Rams season, fans have crowded into Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 1335 W. Elizabeth St., before and after games throughout the season, owner Marc Rogers said, to grab fish tacos or a margarita. The Mexican restaurant is "50 percent busier, on game days, whether it's a Wednesday or Saturday."
And if CSU were to build the proposed 46,000-seat, on-campus football stadium?
"If they put a stadium in, we would be rockin' and rollin'," Rogers said.
Fuzzy's locations located near football stadiums in other college towns think the original Fuzzy's in Fort Worth, Texas, near Texas Christian University's Amon G. Carter Stadium see double or triple sales when their teams play at home, Rogers said.
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