BANGOR- Although the New England Patriots won’t be this year’s Super Bowl, that’s not stopping sports bars and restaurant officials from preparing for Sunday’s big gridiron battle.
The big-time match up on Super Bowl Sunday is between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.
Even without the Patriots’ appearance, restaurant managers are still expecting people to turn out and watch the game.
“But the Patriots not being in it, it’s going to be a different aspect than usual, said Lacey Bailey, general manager of the Ground Round Grill & Bar.
“Usually, it’s either you are a Patriots fan or you are against the Patriots, so where this is two completely different teams, I feel like it’s going to be a lot of everybody just coming in to hang out and eat some good food and we’ve got plenty of drinks and appetizers specials and I just everybody having a good time,” Bailey said.
John Hafford, Seasons’ general manager, agreed, saying he expects a good turnout for the game but that there’s nothing like a roomful of Patriots fans passionately supporting their team while they compete for a championship.
“It’s electric. Basically, we’ll fill out our dining rooms and just the amount of people cheering and screaming every time there’s a touchdown or anytime there’s a setback, the amount of boos and calls. It’s just a whole different energy at that point, it’s just anywhere else you go, you put a lot of people in one room, all towards one goal. It’s a whole different type of a vibe,” he said.
“I’m hoping this year will be a lot different because it’s not everybody gathering to cheer for their team. It’s just kind of root for whomever you like and see what happens,” he said.