Businesses Preparing for first Alabama Home Game


By WVUA 23 News Reporter Ellie Byrd

The University of Alabama kicked off the 2020 football season Saturday against Missouri to the delight of football fans everywhere.

Local businesses are preparing for smaller crowds because of a 20% maximum capacity in Bryant-Denny Stadium, but the extra visitors will be a big boon to stores and restaurants suffering amid COVID-19.

Several businesses said football season is a crucial component to their bottom lines.

“It’s the most important season there is because we do most of our business during these three months,” said Bamastuff owner David Jones. “If we had no games it would be hard to survive.”

Buffalo Phil’s General Manager Christian Pierce said managing fans and restrictions will make for a challenging season, but it’s something they’re ready for.

“We’re going to have crowd control and all of our tables are at 50% capacity, so we’re doing everything in our power to make sure we have a safe environment for our customers,” Pierce said.

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