The Final Four Frenzy Hits Gainesville
Published March 31st, 2014
Gator basketball fever is reaching a critical stage. With a South Region championship under their belt, the gators are in the Final Four.
The excitement is good for business and as a result March Madness could turn into April apoplexy.
Now that they are home, the gators are headed back out to Dallas!
For the fifth time in school history and the first time since 2007 the Florida gators are headed to the Final Four and everyone in North Central Florida is feeling the spirit.
Sarah Bushnell, Gator Mania store manager stated,"people are really looking forward to the outcome of the Final Four. I had people asking about t-shirts before we actually moved on to the final four."
For businesses like Gator Mania this wave of excitement has brought with it an increase in profits.
"You see probably about three times the normal amount of customer base that you would see and it's building,it's growing," Sarah Bushnell stated.
T-shirts and other gator gear aren't the only buzz around town for this occasion.
The Coop a restaurant near downtown Gainesville, is expecting a boost in delivery and take out orders.
In honor of the big game, The Coop created a special deal dedicated to the men's basketball team.
"We're doing a $5 chicken and waffles all day Saturday April 5th for dine in customers. The basketball team always comes in to gets chicken and waffles. Just a few weeks ago they all came in; even the starting line up came in and got chicken and waffles," stated manger of The Coop Adrienne Harrow.
Though things may be bigger in Texas, a substantial increase in good times may be ahead for the gators and for business.
Florida plays connecticut at six o'clock Saturday night. Adam will have more on the gators coming up in sports.
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