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Businesses expect boom from BCS title game

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A win on the field for the University of Alabama football team would mean a 13th National Championship for the University.

That could also mean a win for local businesses --- restaurants, bars and sports merchandise stores to the tune of big profits.

Campus Spirit in Columbus Park Crossing is selling out of Alabama stuff as quickly as they can get it.

Nathaniel King spent $255 stocking up on supplies for his BCS National Championship party at a local American Legion post.

"On a regular Thursday night, we have about 150-200 people. We'll have more than that tomorrow, probably about 250 people," King said.

With thousands of Alabama fans calling the Chattahoochee Valley home, that's only a drop in the bucket compared to what many establishments could see.

Alabama fans are hoping for a big win; owners and employees are hoping the weather will keep the business coming in.

"If the weather is good, we'll probably have a packed house," Sports Page owner Duk Soerries said.

And that's what still remains to be seen.

Fans are confident the Tide will roll, but the weather has kept restaurant and bar owners on the fence as to whether the big game will yield a big profit.

"I'm very concerned. I've got a lot of food, a lot of alcohol and we're expecting a big crowd," Soerries said.

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