Surviving Without Football
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GREEN BAY, WI--With the Packers out, businesses in Green Bay say goodbye to the revenue they depend on during football season. Hotels, bars and restaurants, now getting creative to cash in.
Businesses owners around Lambeau Field were all cheering on the Packers, not just because they love the team, but because home games or away games bring in lots of cash. Cash they'll now have to do without until next season.
Overflowing on game days, the parking lot at Kroll' s West Restaurant, now empty. An unfortunate reality for many businesses that rely on football season.
"Everybody was counting on another game. A longer season and a Super Bowl win" said Mike Wire, owner of Kroll's West Restaurant in Green Bay.
He says a game would boost business at least 30 percent. But that doesn't mean Wire is giving up just yet. Wire says now it's time to get creative with the menu, add some new items.
"Some sliders, some soups and some different entrees" said Wire.
And draw in business from the Resch center.
"Any time there is a family style event at the Resch, people bring their families here for lunch or supper before they go" said Wire.
Business at hotels, also slowing down. At the Cambria Suites around the corner from Lambeau, the end of the Packers season takes a toll.
"We would make in a weekend, what we would make normally in a week" said assistant manager, Sarah Van Buren.
Now, the hotel will turn its focus from football to corporate clientle, bringing in groups for conferences.
"We're getting most of our regulars back" said Van Buren.
And things are slow out here at the Tundra Tailgate zone too. Crews are packing up all the equipment, getting ready to store it for next year. Until then businesses are oing their best to keep customers interested.
Hotels say as soon as the next football schedule is released in April, their phones will start ringing off the hook again.