Hopeful company with NCAA volleyball in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – COVID restrictions have reduced the number of fans allowed to participate in the NCAA volleyball tournament, and this has reduced the number of visitors to town.

The old market is not as crowded as it is at large events in the city. Business at Hollywood Candy was stable, but the volleyball crowd did not provide the expected increase in business.

“With the tournament coming up, the bubble teams and stuff like that, the number of people who can see it is so limited. Not many people have come to follow them, ”said Larry Richling, Hollywood Candy.

Owner Richling is hoping for a bigger audience and more customers when the volleyball tournament goes into the final four.

“I understand they should open the arena this weekend or something, I think more people can come,” said Richling.

“They’ll be people in the arena, they’ll sell tickets for it. We hope we have a little more to do than the rest of the tournament, ”said Peter Violi, Old Mattress Bar & Grill.

Peter, the manager of the Alte Matratzenfabrik, is also hoping for bigger crowds as we dive deeper into the tournament, but says that in this age of COVID he is grateful for all the additional customers who come to town.

“I mean, it’s a step forward, so every little step forward helps everyone and everyone else downtown. While it’s not what we expected, it was certainly more than what we got. So that’s an advantage for everyone down here, ”said Violi.

At the moment, the managers are looking forward to a bigger rush at the USA Swim Trials and are hoping for normal capacity at the College World Series this summer.

Peter hopes to have more seats in the bar and grill, Larry hopes more people are walking through the islands of his candy store. All of that would be cute for Omaha companies.

“So this is a big start, I think this is something that will allow us to keep getting people in the door because I think with this COVID everyone is looking for something fun and a new experience and we are definitely an experience here. ”

MECA officials say the US Swimming Trials will be around 50% busy, still nothing definite on capacity at the College World Series.

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