Success of Nevada basketball team gives boost to businesses

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) On the court, it’s been one of the best years of all time for the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team.

The team has already won the Mountain West regular season title, and even if they lose in this week’s conference tournament – you can expect to see them in the NCAA Tournament next weekend.

The team’s success can be noticed all over town, and at businesses across the street from Lawlor Events Center it has been a business boon.

“It’s so busy in here. People are waiting for seats. They’ll sit at a dirty table just so they can get a seat,” said Brooks Smailes, who works at Archie’s Giant Hamburgers & Breakfast.

Smailes adds that as the team has gotten better, they have gotten busier.

“It is a little bit more difficult but it’s fun for the two hours because it's such high intensity.”

A little way down Virginia Street across from Lawlor Events Center is Silver and Blue Outfitters, where not surprisingly, things have been going quite well lately.

“The team has definitely had an impact on this store, especially the last two years,” said owner Mark Glodowski.

“As you see packed houses night after night it’s been a palpable excitement level. Especially on game day.”

Glodowski says business has been up across the board this year with the team’s white Battle Born-themed jersey being the hottest seller.

Glodowski started Silver and Blue Outfitters in 2006, which was during the team's stretch of 4 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, so needless to say he’s happy to see the team return to its winning ways.

“To see the city back on fire about this team, is really fun.”