Did the X Games help Austin business?

A banner welcoming the X Games crowd to a bar on East Sixth Street in Austin. (Kevin Schwaller)
A banner welcoming the X Games crowd to a bar on East Sixth Street in Austin. (Kevin Schwaller)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Businesses are reporting mixed results from Austin’s first X Games weekend.

“It’s been par for the course, pretty average,” said J.T. Bundick with Halcyon, a lounge, bar, and coffee shop in downtown Austin. “Compared to F1, nowhere near the business that F1 (had). I mean, they had the street blocked off out here during F1. I think the biggest difference is that the race track is so far out.”

Halcyon prepared for the possibility of more traffic because of the X Games.

“We’ve sent most of our extra help home early,” Bundick said.

“We have been overwhelmingly packed on East Sixth which is Congress to I-35,” said Bob Woody, president of the East Sixth Street Community Association and a business owner.

Woody says the East Sixth Street area fared better than other parts of town.

Numbers from the Austin airport also show an increase in the amount of departing passengers passing through security on X Games weekend, compared to the weekend before.

 

KXAN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s