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Playoff game brings boost to St. Pete business

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George Sayegh getting ready for Game 4 George Sayegh getting ready for Game 4
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

When Jose Lobaton hit the game winning home run Monday night, it was a huge hit for local businesses near the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg too.

One more play off game means one more big crowd for Ricky P'S Orleans Bistro on Central Avenue.

"It literally triples what our normal flow of business is and you just don't know how to anticipate that so you just anticipate the best case scenario and plan accordingly," said Rick Parsons, the owner.

Parsons says he took a gamble and stocked up on enough food for two playoff games.

"We have a little more vested interest in winning financially than perhaps a lot of fans around here," said Parsons.

Across the street at the Bodega, the owner George Sayegh started getting ready early for the expected crowds.

"If it's anything like last night, it should be great the stadium is sold out again I'm sure, so we'll have people on the way to the game and people just stay down here in this area even if they didn't have tickets to watch the game on tv on the bar," said Sayegh.

St Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster said the economic impact isn't just for those working close to the Trop, "It's a commercial for the city of St. Petersburg, it's a lot of b-roll on national television, fly overs, a lot of attention focused on St. Petersburg."

The later start time for the game is also good for businesses, because it gives fans more time to spend money on the way to the game.

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