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Many Businesses Excited For Start of March Madness

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March Madness 2014 is officially here and many were glued to their televisions Thursday as they checked their brackets, of course.

You can bet many businesses around northern Nevada were busy for the games on the first day.

"It brings a lot of business into the Reno economy because I'm in the casino industry, myself," said Ken Barlor of Spanish Springs. "We see a huge influx in foot traffic from college basketball."

Of course, sports bars like Buffalo Wild Wings are also seeing a lot of traffic.

"I'm excited because it will bring back the business we had from football season," said Danielle Howard, Manager of the location in Sparks. "So, it's really fun. It's more exciting when you got a full house, everybody cheering. It's a lot of fun to work."

Buffalo Wild Wings has been dubbed as the official hangout of March Madness. They've been offering drink and food specials to bring people in during this time. There's a large bracket near the front door so fans can stay up to date on the latest matchups.

"We're actually opening up early the next couple of days," Howard said. "We will be open up at 8:30 (a.m.) on Friday and Saturday for the early games to bring in the early fans."

Meanwhile, Archie's near the University of Nevada campus has also seen a lot of people come in to watch some basketball, especially during their happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"It was busy today for the first round," said Hannah Shaw, a server. "It's going to be a good week or two weeks."

They're getting into the spirit by offering a bar pool for people to possibly make some extra money.

"We started a bracket this year," Shaw said. "There's, like, a $10 buy-in, and you fill out your bracket, and then hope for the best."

I talked to fans who have had some mixed results on their brackets, so far.

"I'm still okay," said John Stevens of Sparks. "I've only lost one. Harvard got me, so far. Other than that, I'm still intact."

"It's always fun to just hang out with my friends and hopefully get a good bracket one of these years," said Levi Grabow of Minden.

No matter what happens in the end, everyone I talked to still has a blast watching the games and keeping track of their brackets. They say it's all part of the experience of March Madness.

"It's awesome because every single person you know is doing multiple brackets with multiple tourneys," said Cavin Hill of Reno. "Everyone's got every single bracket going on. All my friends are talking crap with me, and trying to get at me, and I'm trying to win."


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