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(NECN: Jackie Bruno, Boston) – Friday night is the Celtics home opener.
The fans are really excited, and so are business owners near the Garden.
The NHL lockout has taken away a lot of business from them, so the Celtics are bringing back a little of the business they’ve been missing. Restaurants, bars, hotels and other Boston businesses usually get about 1-million dollars in business.
One of the managers at the Fours says it really does affect their bottom line.
“Just like last year without the Celtics and only hockey, I mean, it’s a third of our business here. On a night when the Bruins should be playing or an event at the Garden, we probably have 50+ employees in the building. On a regular night, we have probably 10. So there’s a lot of people not getting paid, so the return of the Celtics is a big deal,” says Jim Taggart.
It is a big deal, especially since there was no playoff baseball.
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