FSU game days equal big bucks for local businesses

FSU game days equal big bucks for local businesses
FSU game days equal big bucks for local businesses
Posted at 4:22 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 13:52:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The weekend we've all been waiting for is finally here! Friday marks the first "Friday night block party," "Downtown get down," of the season!

With the long awaited weekend finally here, many more people will be coming to the Capital City for Saturday's football game.

Although businesses and restaurants see a bit of a surge during the lunchtime hours, it's Downtown Get Down and Block Party that really bring out the guests.

"We usually see about 50 more people than we normally would," said Denise Sage, a general manager at Jasmine Cafe. "We get a lot of walk in traffic with beers and wine and stuff; stuff that we normally wouldn't see. Outside of the parking issues, it's really good for us."

It's not just public businesses that see an increase in customers during Downtown Get Down. Private places like "Governor's Club" also sees more members coming and going through the night.

"There's vendors on the street. There's live music going on. It's an active time. It's a great time," said Barry Shields, the general manager at Governor's Club. "Members usually seek the club for refuge. They'll go out and mingle on the streets, and enjoy what the streets have to offer. They'll come back, cool off, and enjoy something to eat or drink inside the club quarters."

But the increase in business doesn't just stop with the Friday night festivities around town. This trend continues into Saturday as well.

"Friday night is the big night," said Shields. "Depending on what time the game is on Saturday depends on how busy or not busy we'll be on Saturday evenings."

Both Shields and Sage say they see much more business on gamedays when FSU plays at noon.

And of course, with this being the first home FSU football game, Downtown Get Down, and Block Party, local businesses and restaurants say they're ready.