Detroit businesses welcome the return of hockey and the customers the games provide
5:47 PM, Jan 7, 2013
11:35 PM, Jan 7, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - The return of hockey to Hockeytown means Nemo's will be cranking up its fleet of busses soon.
"It makes us happy," said Tim Springstead, co-owner of the popular bar and restaurant in Corktown.
"It makes everybody happy downtown. We have a lot of people involved, so it's really a good thing."
Nemo's has shuttled fans to and from Joe Louis Arena and other downtown sports and entertainment venues for years.
The Metro Detroit Convention and Visitors estimates every Red Wings home game results in two million dollars of economic impact for downtown Detroit.
"It affects everybody," Springstead said. "The parkers, the waitresses, the bartenders, the people down at the Joe, the vendors - It has an impact on everybody. It's good to have them back. Downtown needs this a lot."
Nemo's has no plans to add staff but part-time workers at the bar will benefit from the extra business hockey's return will generate.
The Detroit Sports Commission says they are also excited to have the Red Wings back on the ice. The DSC is part of the Detroit organization that works to bring major sporting events to Motown. They also work to get fans from across the country to come to the sporting events they organize.