BOB's a Bust

Bank One Ballpark was touted as a powerful economic engine for downtown. Data show, however, that BOB has fueled sales mostly for BOB. The meager spillover doesn't bode well for the Arizona Cardinals' stadium aspirations.

Another measure of the team's contribution to the economy might be based on its total taxable sales, estimated to be about $25 million last year.

While this might seem significant, it is a tiny sliver of Maricopa County's total taxable sales of $44.7 billion last year.

If the team were to leave tomorrow, loss of its taxable sales would barely register a blip.

Tom's Tavern co-owner Mike Ratner says BOB hasn't 
generated the business he expected.
Tom's Tavern co-owner Mike Ratner says BOB hasn't generated the business he expected.
Tom's Tavern co-owner Mike Ratner says BOB hasn't 
generated the business he expected.
Paolo Vescia
Tom's Tavern co-owner Mike Ratner says BOB hasn't generated the business he expected.

But there are businesses that benefit from Cardinals games.

Addie Mocca, owner of the Bandersnatch Brew Pub, the closest bar to Sun Devil Stadium, says the Cardinals "would be sorely missed . . . they're great for business, and anybody who says differently is mistaken."

Managers at the Tempe Hooters -- located a few blocks west of Sun Devil Stadium -- say business increases 50 percent on game days.

However, a manager at the House of Tricks, a restaurant and bar located between Bandersnatch and Hooters, reports very little increase from Cardinals games because "it's not the kind of crowd we attract."

More mainstream eateries also appear to be immune from the Cardinals. P.F. Chang's China Bistro at Mill Avenue and University Drive does a good business no matter what, managers say. Cardinals games simply don't matter.

A bit farther west down University Drive, Jack Berry, an owner at Boston's, says he never knows what a Cardinals game will bring.

"It's funny," Berry says. "One time it's phenomenal, another time it really hurts. I think people figure that we're so close to downtown that they can't get in for parking. They get scared away."

Contact John Dougherty at his online address: john.dougherty@newtimes.com

Contact Amanda Scioscia at her online address: amanda.scioscia@newtimes.com

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