Patrons watch the first inning of the World Series at the Steamboat Smokehouse restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs on Wednesday night.  The Colorado Rockies' appearance in its first World Series is providing a mud season boost for local businesses.

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Patrons watch the first inning of the World Series at the Steamboat Smokehouse restaurant in downtown Steamboat Springs on Wednesday night. The Colorado Rockies' appearance in its first World Series is providing a mud season boost for local businesses.

World Series provides mud season boost for local businesses

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— The boost in his business from Rocktober crowds is great.

But for The Tap House Sports Grill owner Gary Saxe, the Colorado Rockies making it to the World Series is even better.

As baseball fans in Steamboat Springs geared up for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday, bars and restaurants primed themselves for crowds full of what Saxe termed "Rocktober fever."

At the Old Town Pub & Restaurant on Lincoln Avenue, lunchtime patrons were scoping out the best seats and tables - hours before the first pitch - to watch Colorado's debut in the Fall Classic, bar manager Jeff White said.

The Rockies have won 21 of their past 22 games on the way to the World Series. The excitement has kept the crowds fun, White added.

"They're just excited to be here. It gives them something to cheer about together," he said.

But not all of Steamboat is cheering for the Rockies as they take on the Boston Red Sox.

Student Chris Stewart, a New Hampshire native, was stocking up on drinks Wednesday afternoon to watch Game 1 with friends he called the "five other Red Sox fans" at Colorado Mountain College.

Saxe said a big Red Sox following in Steamboat will make this year's World Series particularly exciting to watch.

Restaurant and bar owners are preparing for that excitement by adding extra staff on game nights and creating tie-in drink specials, such as cheap pints of Coors Light in honor of the Rockies' home ballpark, Coors Field in Denver.

Business has been up a little all month, Saxe said, and stayed up even though the Rockies finished the playoffs early - everyone has been eager to see which team Colorado would play in the World Series, he said.

Pirate's Pub owner Kevin Nerney said he is expecting World Series-related business that is comparable to crowds for the Super Bowl. A stream of baseball fans flowed into the pub late Wednesday afternoon, again more than an hour before the game.

Saxe said he expects Monday to be a particularly big night for the Tap House. In addition to the potential Game 5 of the World Series, the Denver Broncos play the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football - both home games for Colorado teams.

"It's been fun to watch the Rockies do really well, and it's great for business," he said.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Malcolm_Reynolds 7 years, 1 month ago

Hello, MUD Season is AFTER Ski Season. This is Hunting Season or Fall. Nobody is going to Iceland or Greenland after a long summer season, are they?

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wzstfu 7 years, 1 month ago

Too bad the Rockies got trounced; 13 - 1.

Malcolm - My yard is pretty darn muddy after all that snow melted. Mud Season typically refers to that little window of quiet before and after the mountain opens or closes. It used to be more noticeable in the 80's and early 90's. Have a cup of coffee and don't be so picky.

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jmemcse 7 years, 1 month ago

Malcolm - you are not picky. wzstfu - Mud season typically refers to that little window of quiet AFTER the mountain closes for the season

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housepoor 7 years, 1 month ago

Straight fom wikipedia: Mud Season is a term used to denote a time period in late Winter and early Spring. The name comes from dirt paths such as roads and hiking trails which become muddy from melting snow and rain. When the muddy paths and roads are traveled over by wheels, they develop ruts. It is regarded in some northeastern states within the United States as both a curse and a blessing because, although it is generally a messy time of year, it is an interlude between the standard tourist seasons of summer (hiking), fall (leaf peeping), and winter (skiing).

Mud season occurs only in places where the ground freezes deeply in winter, is covered by snow, and thaws in spring. Dirt roads and paths become muddy because the deeply frozen ground thaws from the surface down as the air temperature warms above freezing. The snow melts but the frozen lower layers of ground prevent water from percolating into the soil and so the surface layers of soil become saturated with water and turn to mud.

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