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Virginia Tech football's sluggish start trickles down

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:50:20 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 07 2013 12:26:57 AM EDT

Lane Stadium not sold out against Western Carolina


Virginia Tech says Saturday's home game at Lane stadium will not be a sell out, and already some local businesses are feeling the effects of those empty stadium seats.

At the Clay Corner Inn, a small bed and breakfast, just a few hundred yards from Lane stadium, the owners are getting ready for a busy football weekend. "We're doing extremely well' said co-owner Rick Arevalo. "In fact, we're doing probably even better than we have in previous years. So well, as a matter of fact said Arevalo, there's a waiting list to get into their inn.

While other Blacksburg businesses may not be seeing the same revenue as in past VT season openers, Arevalo says he and his wife Nikki, know better than to depend only on Virginia Tech. "We knew ahead of time that it's a blessing to have Virginia Tech, but you can't blame or depend on them for your business. We're business people."

The Inn at Virginia Tech, arguably the premier hotel in Blacksburg and a VT property, sits just a few hundreds from the stadium. This place is not sold out. I called the front desk and was told quote, "there are plenty of double rooms at 179 dollars."

It was the same story across the street, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2 double beds for 159 dollars and the front desk said quote "we have no shortage of rooms."

Tourism officials say no one should ignore the economic power Virginia Tech brings to South West Virginia, but it's also smart business to market hard to different clients. So while some businesses may have seen a slowdown, others still tell their employees, if it's a football weekend, you're working.