Rockies leave downtown business in slump

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Posted Thu, Sep 20, 2012

7th Inning Stretch: Rockies loosing season has Cheesestake Connection’s business down by 30 percent from last year. (Photo by Spencer Hunt)

DENVER-The Colorado Rockies losing season hasn’t just had a negative impact on its loyal fan base, it’s also had huge impact on the small businesses that surround the stadium.

With the Rockies having the third worst record in the major leagues, and on pace to lose 100 games by season’s end, small businesses surrounding the stadium are struggling to stay afloat.

“Business is down 30 percent from last year,” said Tommy Smith, owner of the Cheesesteak Connection, 2260 Park Ave. It’s been tough. Not to mention they tore up all the parking spots downtown to make room for more apartment complexes.”

“Small businesses downtown rely heavily on foot traffic, “said owner Tommy Smith. “Without foot traffic from parking lots and a winning baseball team, it’s really hard to make ends meet.”

Unlike many bars downtown, restaurants and family owned food vendors make the majority of their income based solely off the foot traffic associated with families who drive down to the ballpark. The majority of these families wait until  they arrive downtown to grab a quick bite to eat outside of the park to avoid paying the unreasonably priced ballpark food.

Not only did small business owners like Tommy Smith loose revenue when families stopped heading to the ballpark, but with no more large parking lots downtown, he is wondering if his business may ever return.

“Not only do the Rockies stink,” said Tim Davis, Rockies season ticket holder and Cheesesteak Connection fanatic, “but now I have to take the light rail 45 minutes down here to avoid paying the $25 parking fees.”

Cheesesteak Connection
2260 Market St., Denver
Ph: 303-297-1803

Delivery:
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Takeout:
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Menu at a Glance:
Large Cheesesteak 12”
$8.49
Small Cheesesteak 8”
$5.99
Beer
$1-2.50

About Spencer Hunt

Spencer is an avid fisherman during the summer months and a dedicated snowboarder during the winter. He lives in Wash Park and works for a Denver based Advertising firm

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5 Responses to “Rockies leave downtown business in slump”

  1. Kevin Hall Says:

    It’s crazy to see how something as simple as a sports team losing can have such a major effect on everything around them. I bet there are a lot more negative effects that came from this lost baseball season. Good story.

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  2. Ashley King Says:

    I never connected sports and local busniesses together, but after reading this I do. I realize how much local busnisses rely on sporting events.

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  3. Scott Corbridge Says:

    It has to be really hard to run a business when your baseball team has one of the worst records. Maybe there’s hope for when the Nuggets kick off their season. Nice article, it makes you realize that small businesses can suffer from a bad sports season and I didn’t know that it could happen.

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  4. Scott Corbridge Says:

    It has to be really hard to run a business when your baseball team has one of the worst records. Maybe there’s hope for when the Nuggets kick off their season. It makes you realize that small businesses can suffer from a bad sports season and I didn’t know that it could happen.

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  5. moo Says:

    This makes me wonder what impact the NHL lock out is going to have the same businesses. Most Lodo area businesses rely on those 41 home games. Good job.

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