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Businesses Cash in From World Cup Soccer Fans

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Sunday’s USA World Cup match had businesses around Charlottesville hopping.

Sean Chandler, Champions Brewery manager said, “It's definitely shown a spike, mid-afternoon games especially.”

Fans may love world cup soccer but for businesses in Charlottesville, the games mean big bucks.

Kevin Brower, Mcgrady's owner said “Business has been fantastic, we've got a great crowd of customers that come out and we all have a really good time.”

It's not just world cup soccer that's helping out the books for bar owners this month, with the UVA baseball team's run to the College World Series, some fans have been forced to multi-task.

“We had it on two different TVs and people's attention was back and forth trying to follow what was going on," said Chandler.

“Everyone's standing, people are bringing their own chairs, and it's just its loud,” said Meghan Noga, a waitress at McGrady’s.

The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville isn't getting a huge business boost from the games; instead, they're letting fans watch on the big screen for free

But for fans like Lindsay Lyon, it still all comes back to the soccer.

“It's pretty awesome, it gets pretty intense in here everyone's real into the game and they're cheering and it just goes wild when we score,” said Lyon.

The future looks good for places around town. With UVA advancing to the College World Series finals, they have games Monday and Tuesday at eight o'clock.

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