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March Madness Brings in Bar Business

EUGENE, Ore. — March Madness is bringing more money to local restaurants and bars.

Fans are flocking to see the Ducks’ success on the big screen.

It’s been five years since the Ducks have made it to the NCAA tournament. So local sports bars like the O Bar hope the team’s new success brings in big sales.

You could call the turnout at the O Bar especially good when you consider the Ducks’ first game was played in the middle of a day on a Thursday. So O Bar managers are planning to serve up even more when Duck fans swarm in for Saturday’s game.

“We’ll overstaff a little bit, and it’s also National Corn Dog Day if you can believe that, so we run food specials and drink specials during the game of course,” said bartender Tami Greshman.

“It’d be nice to come down to the O Bar and hang out with a bunch of friends, and they usually do a good job of putting on an event here,” said Duck fan Greg Gordon.

O Bar managers say they’re also counting on students kicking off their spring break to make it to the watch party. And with the game playing on multiple TVs, employees say they will most likely fill every seat.

O Bar managers say even though they are expecting a big crowd for the game Saturday, it’s still nothing like the crowd they get for football games.

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