Posted: Jul 28, 2013 7:58 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Basketball players are swishing hoops in Bozeman today for round two of the three on three tournament.
Today's move to Main Street does have an impact on local businesses.
More than 70 teams are competing in this year's tournament.
Yesterday, the teams did battle on Mendhall Street - today the action moved to Main Street. And organizers say players love it.
"It's almost like when you move from Mendenhall, even though it's a great tournament back there, , but when you come over here it's almost like you're playing on the big court," said Dale Dawkins, tournament organizer.
Shooting hoops on Main Street may be fun for players, but storefront businesses have mixed feelings about it.
Restaurants and coffee shops say the tourney is great for business.
"We've had a line out the door for most of the day," said Gabrielle Herron-Tammetta, working at Zocalo Coffee House. "People are super friendly so that's awesome, a bunch of kids and that's great."
But some retailers said closing off the road to traffic hurts their sales.
"My ticket to seeing the basketball tournament today is about $3,000 in lost revenues," said Bozeman Angler owner, Rod King.
While some businesses may see a loss, many in town for the tournament are spending money.
"We have boys and girls teams and both of them always want a new shirt every time we come down here so, we spend quite a bit," said Jason Basye, coach of the Bozeman Bolts. "It's a good time."
Next year marks the fifth year of the tournament and organizers expect a larger turnout.