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Missoula Businesses Benefiting From World Cup

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World Cup fever in America is as high as ever after 16 million people watched the US play Ghana. Like the rest of the country, fans have turned out for the World Cup in Missoula making local business owners very happy.

"Yea it's been great we have been really surprised about the enthusiasm for the World Cup this year , we get all different nationalities in here for the games, there's been a great community vibe to it," said Top Hat Owner Nick Checota.

"It's been great this is the time of the year with the school being closed and people going home for the summer we do see a slower time and the World Cup has definitely helped with that," said Press Box Owner James Jones.

"It's actually been pretty good for us even excluding US games with other countries playing people have been showing up for those too," said Tamarack Assistant General Manager Ryan Pipinich.

All three business owners say the turnout for the USA games have been jam packed and the atmosphere is incredible but they've also enjoyed getting to know people from other countries who have showed up to watch their favorite teams.

"I was talking to a gentleman from Chile when they played their first game and he was from Chile and spoke with a Chilean accent and it was interesting to hear his perspective on soccer and how he appreciated it and what not it was nice," said Jones.

"We have found that certain teams attract a following, this morning we had thirty people from Columbia in here watching the game, we found that the Brazilian group came out in full force yesterday," said Checota.

USA fans will be rooting hard this Sunday when the team plays Portugal because if they win they a guaranteed to advance out of the group stage, which means local business owners will surely be rooting hard as well, In Missoula Shaun Rainey ABC FOX Montana sports.

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