Popular game day spots, non-profits brace for loss if LSU football season is cancelled

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Local businesses are preparing for the economic impact of a potentially cancelled or postponed LSU football season amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Businesses near campus say the cancellation of LSU football 2020 would be devastating.

Jason Nay, General Manager of Fred’s in Tigerland says this time of uncertainty is exhausting.

“It’s dragging on a bit, I think everyone was pretty patient initially but I think it’s kind of wearing down on everybody both financially but mentally,” Nay said.

Fred’s is always packed on Game Day with fans of all ages.

“It’s the eight days a year where former customers feel at home at Fred’s just like they were in college,” Nay said.

Patrick Wilkerson, General Manager of Bengals and Bandits says the store usually sees around a couple thousand people on a home game weekend.

The impact does not stop with local businesses, many non profits will not receive thousands of dollars in donation funded by LSU football.

“It helps the scouts go to adventure camps in New Mexico, Virginia and it also helps the scouts go to summer camps, get equipment and it helps with dues they need for uniforms,” COO of the Istrouma Boy Scouts Council Tyrone Black said.

While those who could be impacted are trying to prepare it doesn’t make the thought of it any easier.

“At the start of this we tried to plan for the worst case scenario, I’d like to think we prepared ourselves well but it will definitely be a huge impact on the bottom line for this year,” Wilkerson said.

They are hoping the season will be postponed, and not cancelled but either way they are bracing for loss.

The SEC has not yet made a final decision on the fate of LSU football.

Since talk of cancellation began they released a statement saying they are considering all options and take their time with this difficult decision.

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