Businesses gear for Giants blitz
The Giants are coming and local fans aren't the only ones excited about Big Blue's return to the Capital Region for the start of training camp Friday. Our Solomon Syed spoke with local businesses who are hoping to hit paydirt this summer.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- As the "G-Men" settle into their summer home at UAlbany, the city's businesses are happy to have the Super Bowl champs back.
"After last year, we realized how much it had hurt us," said Sutter's Mill general manager Timothy Rodriguez.
Restaurants like Sutter's Mill couldn't pad their stats when Big Blue skipped last summer's camp because of the NFL lockout, but this year they should have a full plate.
"We are looking at three to five times the revenue we would do normally," said Rodriguez.
Further up Western Avenue at Across the Street Pub, they also expect to stand on the shoulders of Giants.
"It's a good bump in our economy, not for just us, but for hotels," said Mike Arduini, the eatery's owner.
The Best Western Hotel, located on Western Avenue, was actually forced to close during the spring after at least eight people came forward saying they contracted Legionnaire's disease from the hotel within the past year. Since then, they said the bacteria's been killed and they're ready to pick up the business blitz.
"We have a system in place to maintain the cleanliness of the water supply and take regular tests to make sure the bacteria's been eliminated," said the hotel's general manager, Monsoor Mustafa. "We're expecting about a 20 percent boost."
There's an added wrinkle to the local business playbook this year. The Giants will only be allowed to run one practice per day from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, so businesses will have to gameplan around it.
"They used to have one in the morning, one in the afternoon, so we don't know what to expect," said Arduini. "We'll throw an extra girl out on the floor, an extra cook in the kitchen."
With close to 35,000 fans ready to huddle in the city for camp, they'll embrace the rush.
"There's people who told me they traveled from Ohio to see the Giants play. We're more dependent on it than I think we'd like to admit these days," said Rodriguez.
As for those laptops belonging to the Giants that were stolen at some point during move-in earlier this week, the university is working with Albany police to track them down.
Furthermore, a UAlbany official told YNN there's absolutely no truth to the rumor there were any playbooks saved on those computers, so no need for fans to worry about them falling into the wrong hands.