Fresno State football games boost business at Valley restaurants


Owners and managers of the restaurants said they can't wait to see what crowds will look like when the Bulldogs play in Wyoming. Crowds seem to get bigger every time the Bulldogs get another win.

More than 4,100 fans packed into a sold out stadium. Those that couldn't get a seat at the stadium had to watch the game somewhere else. Tom Miller owns the Press Box Sports Grill, a sports bar with two locations in the Valley, and both were packed with excited fans.

"It carried over from the stadium to here to it was a lot of fun," Miller said.

While his restaurants had empty tables on Sunday night, Miller said the Saturday night atmosphere was comparable to a Super Bowl crowd.

"Our entire restaurant is full, and it's all the same fans and that's what makes it the most fun is that everybody is here rooting on the Bulldogs," Miller said.

Kyle Zimmerman is a Fresno State alumni and a former Fresno State football player. When he doesn't have a ticket to a Fresno State football game his first thought is to watch it at a restaurant with other fans.

"The people that come here to the Press Box are mainly bulldog fans and to be with people who are almost like your friends, you can't beat it," Zimmerman said.

It is not just restaurants. Sales of Bulldog gear have been a big hit all season. The Bulldog Shop set a new weekly sales record leading up to the black out game against Nevada.

The Bulldogs travel to Wyoming in search of their 9th win this season. Miller said he expects another big crowd, and he will have extra staff on duty.

"We'll add one or two more support at each of our restaurants and maybe another server on the floor so we're talking two, three, five people," Miller said.

The Bulldogs have three more regular season games left, only one of them will be held in the Bulldog stadium.

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