BANGOR – Businesses have been a slam dunk since the start of the Maine State High School Basketball Tournament.
Drawing in people from all parts of the state to watch their favorite teams battle it out on the hardwood.
Tourney 2017 is underway at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Putting thousands of fans in the seats and plenty of money in Bangor’s economy.
Greater Bangor Convention and Visitor Bureau Director Kerrie Tripp said “We need this tournament, it keeps us, it helps sustain us through these winter months.”
Tripp stated these games are crucial during a time that usually sees a lull in sales. But this year was off to a little bit of a slower start with games being moved due to the snow.
Tripp added “The first night or so where we see a little bit of a pop, I think we saw less of a pop, but now we’re right into the full swing of it.”
When fans aren’t spending money at the Cross Insurance Center, they’re doing so at establishments nearby, like hotels, events like Bangor Winterfest and all the local favorites.
Tripp said “The restaurants are all very, very busy right now try going into a restaurant and not having a bit of a wait.”
Around noon-time Geghans pub is already filled with people.
Lisa Sturgeon, spokesperson for Geaghan’s Pub and Craft Brewery stated “As you can see it looks like a Friday afternoon here, but it’s Monday afternoon.”
Restaurant crowds can come and go during the tourney, but with Geaghan’s proximity to the tourney, Bangor’s popular pub is thankful for the boost in business.
“Friday sales on a Monday, nobody is going to complain about that.” added Sturgeon.
Tripp concluded “If you’re going through a restaurant that takes reservations, I would suggest doing it through this week.”