INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Pacers fans are pumped. For the first time in nearly a decade, the Pacers are back in the Eastern Conference Finals.
But it's not just the Pacers that are winning big. Downtown Indianapolis businesses are seeing a boost in sales.
Gordon Cocke, who owns the pub that sits within site of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, says business is good — so good that sales are up 40 percent during the Pacers playoff run.
"Saturday night was just unreal," Cocke said.
But it's not always been the case. Years of low-performing Pacers teams took a toll on his bottom line.
"Our sales were definitely down. Not only that, but you did not see the excitement," Cocke said, adding people seem more pumped up about the team now.
Each home Pacers playoff game brings in about $1 million of out-of-town money. A large portion of that is eaten up by local pubs and restaurants.
Down the street at the Pearl Street Pizzeria and Pub, the story's the same, says head pizza Chef Alex Pennington.
"Pretty much two waves — one's a big crowd eating and getting beers before they head to the game, then it clears out, it gets cleaned back up and we get another wave of people coming back in to watch the game here," Pennington said.
"Let's just say it's a great bonus they're giving to us and we appreciate the bonus," Cocke said.
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