Stanley Cup Game 7 Means Big Night for Rhode Island Businesses

By: Tim Studebaker

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – It’s do or die for the Bruins as they face the Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night in Boston.  For Rhode Island Bruins fans, that means an excuse to go out and party with hundreds of other fans on a Wednesday night.

This is the first time Boston will host Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, and the last time the city hosted a championship Game 7 was 35 years ago to the day when the Celtics beat the Lakers.  While thousands of fans will flock to Boston, many others will descent on the local sports bars here in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.  That’s a big boon for business.

Snookers General Manager Paul Troxell says, “It is a Wednesday night, so our expectations are tempered a little bit, but we expect to have a full crowd tonight.”

Troxell says they’ll have extra staff on the schedule tonight to handle the crowds.

Troxell says, “We’ve been doing this a long time.  We’ve had numerous championship runs.  So, this is our time to shine.  We do this quite well.”

While you watch the Bruins try to put the biscuit in the basket, the cooks here will be serving up your chicken wings in a basket: lots and lots of chicken wings.

Troxell says, “We’ll probably sell somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 pounds of wings on a night like this.”

The fans are ready to go too.

Bruins Fan Thad Bertrand says, “We’re going to reminisce about what our life would be if we actually made it to the NHL.”

While making it to the NHL would have been nice, it’s time to get down to business.  It’s score prediction time.

Bertrand says, “I’m thinking 3 to 2.  I’m thinking it’s going to be a battle.”

Sarrina Gonzalez says, “I was going to say I was hoping for like a 5 to 2.  Like, dominating.”

If the Bruins win tonight, that would also mean more big business for places like Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Provided the Bruins win, they’re planning on staying open late tonight, and opening up again early tomorrow morning, for fans to grab championship gear.

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