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TinCaps’ return means return of extra business for downtown shops and restaurants

A shot of businesses and The Harrison along W Jefferson Blvd in downtown Fort Wayne on Tuesday, 4/11/23.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Each TinCaps home opener at Parkview Field serves as a reminder for how much extra foot traffic downtown businesses will see because baseball season is in action.

It’s a big boost for restaurants that never existed prior to the construction of Parkview Field and thee Harrison Square Project.

Angela Shaffer is the Assistant Manager and a bartender at O’Reilly’s Irish Pub and Restaurant along West Jefferson Blvd.

She told WANE 15 on Tuesday that they always look forward to baseball season and the summer months because it carries their business.

“We definitely thrive with the ballfield in the back yard. It definitely helps all the businesses,” Shaffer said.

All the businesses. Baseball surely a big boost to other restaurants or eateries like Conner’s Kitchen, Copper Spoon, and Rudy’s along Brackenridge on the south side of Parkview Field, to name a few.

Shaffer added that there’s extra customers coming in because Parkview Field continues to host other events outside of baseball.

Since O’Reilly’s opened just over 10 years ago, they’ve taken great advantage of it. Shaffer likes to tell people to come and enjoy food and drinks on their back patio which is essentially inside Parkview Field.

She said you can see the game from there and really enjoy yourself.

Thursday Thursdays are also a big hit for the bar, she said.

There’s no doubt that the success of Parkview Field has helped that part of downtown, and everyone there is excited baseball is back for the season.

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