BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Bars, eating places and lodges are hoping Opening Day for the Orioles knocks their gross sales out of the park after a tricky 2020.
“It’s a sports activities city, town, the ambiance right here when the video games are on the town is outstanding,” mentioned Ilemona Salifu, Director of Gross sales on the Hyatt Regency Lodge.
Gross sales on the resort had been down 65% final 12 months due to the pandemic. Although protocols have modified, he hopes they are going to make folks really feel extra snug popping out to remain.
“The resort neighborhood right here may be very prepared and we have now nice measures in place,” Salifu mentioned.
Equally, bars and eating places have been hit onerous. Gross sales, income, occupancy, profit-all down considerably. This week’s sport is a great addition.
Tom Leonard runs Pickles Pub, proper throughout the road from Camden Yards and mentioned Opening Day is the day they’ve all been ready for.
“We had been doing reservations only for the second flooring and it’s already full,” he mentioned.
The indoor capability within the metropolis is 50% and out of doors its 75%.
“In case you simply want to return out when you simply want this I imply have a look at us proper now it’s beautiful sunny you may be proper there consuming and ingesting,” Leonard mentioned.
Go to Baltimore CEO, Al Hutchinson mentioned the O’s are giving the folks of Baltimore the positivity all of us want proper now.
“We’re such a sports activities passionate neighborhood however after final 12 months it’s on steroids we’re actually trying ahead to opening day this week,” he mentioned.
“They’re offering us the platform to return out rejoice the goodness and greatness of Baltimore Metropolis however once more do it in a really protected manner,” Hutchinson added.