Thousands of football fans are headed to Arlington to watch Texas Tech take on Baylor this weekend, and Lubbock's economy is paying the price.
"Playing at a neutral site like playing Baylor at Jerry's world at a neutral site is different because we never have that home and away series. I'd rather have the home and away series because it's better for our economy," said Eddie McBride, President and CEO of Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
McBride says local businesses are really feeling the brunt of this burden.
"Whether it be diners, whether it be hotels, whether it be shopping at the various locations, we obviously don't get to experience this type of game when it's in the Metroplex. We don't get to experience the same type of financial revenue that's impacted by the home game," McBride said.
General Manager of Caprock Cafe Troy Davidson says home games really boost their business. So he says this away game really puts a dent in their cash register.
"When we lose a home game like to Cowboy Stadium, I mean the impact that it has on the city is monumental as negative impact," Davidson said.
Davidson says if the Tech versus Baylor game was in town, tables at his restaurant would be full, bartenders would be busy, and cooks would have their hands full.
"We would be on a wait right now, 100 percent full, at capacity, very loud, very rowdy. You would have thought the game was going on today if the game was in town tomorrow."
But because it's not, restaurants and hotels will be a little emptier than usual.
While McBride says away games have a negative impact on local businesses, he also says Tech playing in the Metroplex has a positive impact on Texas Tech University and Texas Tech Athletics.
There are a lot of high schools in that area so having a game there could help Tech recruit top players.
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