JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Red Wolves opened their 2011 season with a game in Illinois, and as they battled in the opener, fans tried to find a place to watch the game.
For many that wanted to go enjoy a meal and a football game, the choice was simple, who was carrying the Arkansas State game. "I probably wouldn't have come if it wasn't on, I'm just here to watch the game," said Josh Yates, who enjoyed a meal at the Caraway Road Wings to Go.
As for local business owners, they feel this a chance to draw big crowds to their restaurants, "We have a very, very good turnout with ASU games," said Chris Weaver, Area General Manager for Wings to Go.
The game was not nationally televised but it was on the Big Ten Network, which Weaver said costs extra money to get, but he says it's worth the few extra bucks a month, "In the long run you want people to know when it comes to the game, that Wings to Go is the place to watch it," said Weaver.
But it's not just games on television that Weaver said has an impact on local business, "When school starts back up and football is a part of school it is generally a big turnout." Weaver cites that thousands of kids hit the city when classes start-up at Arkansas State and that brings in business.
Weaver said his staff is ready for the big boom of football season and they take the steps to be efficient, "You have to be ready for them because when they come...it's like an indoor tailgate party."
He added that the store tries to carry all Arkansas State road games and as many Arkansas Razorback games as possible.