World Cup fever fuels local businesses

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The World Cup final between Germany and Argentina provided plenty of fireworks in Rio, but also an opportunity for local businesses in Vancouver to cash in on the demand from diehard soccer fans.

Over a hundred locals and tourists poured into Dunsmuir’s Blackbird Pub to cheer both Germany and Argentina on in the World Cup finale, which provided a feisty atmosphere of both nations’ fans.

Juan Riovo, who hails from Argentina but was coincidentally in Vancouver for business, was elated to be celebrating his nation’s biggest moment among Canadians.

“Although I couldn’t be in Argentina, I was very blessed to have local support with friends,” said Riovo, who spent the majority of the afternoon glued to the big screen at Blackbird.

Fans of both Argentina and Germany traded chants throughout the contest.

And it seems Damon Holochak with Donnelly Group isn’t alone in his thinking — the director of marketing says over the past month, they’ve seen an increase in business across the board as World Cup fever swept Vancouver.

“It’s great to see actually, in the summer, where traditionally it’s not as busy for pubs, the weather is beautiful here, everyone wants to be outside. It’s been really, really cool to see people come into a pub at noon and have a pint before thy head out to the beach, or head back to work. To hang out and watch some football. It’s actually been fantastic. And very, very busy.”

Holowchak adds that after World Cup fever subsides, he’s hoping that the upcoming NFL season will keep business stoked.

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