Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Walt Beazley)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - While the first game of the season is in Fayetteville, the Razorback spirit can be felt all across Arkansas, and businesses are benefiting.
At Hogman's Gameday Superstore on South University, fans packed the store Friday wanting gear for the new game year.
"We opened at 10, and we had people actually standing outside waiting for us to open, which is awesome. We love it," merchandise buyer Jessica Jenkins. She added that customers are excited about new Hogs coach, Brett Bielema. "We're ready to see where he's going to take us this year, and so many people come in, and that's what they're talking about."
Across town at Little Rock Tours, buses are getting ready to take Razorback fans up to the hill Saturday. With the Razorback spirit fading quickly in 2012, Ben Hodgson, with the tour company, said he's optimistic this year's football team will fill be good for business.
"Last year it was a little bit bad for us because we had such a bad season that our buses didn't fill up at all," he said. "For this first game, people are excited and our first bus is completely sold out."
The bus trip includes transportation and a ticket to the game for an added cost. Hodgson said they're sold out for this first game, and other Gameday tours are filling up quickly.
"Right now Texas A & M, that is on September 28th, and I think people are really wanting to go see Johnny football and what we do against Johnny football," he reflected.
Back at Hogman's Gameday Superstore, Jenkins said this year's "Never Yield" motto is working in their favor.
"We've been up here all morning, and I mean there hasn't been one time this morning that there hasn't been someone in this store," she said.
Jenkins is expecting even more business next weekend as the Hogs head to Little Rock.