LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - NFL football is back and for many sports bars, so are the large crowds and loud cheers.
Visitors packed Chumley's and other sports bars Thursday night for the start of the NFL season. Most bars were full two hours before kickoff.
Some bar managers said they rely heavily on football season and when Purdue students move back in.
The increase in business was also welcomed by workers as well.
"I've been running around non-stop for the last two hours now. You can tell I'm pretty hot and sweaty, but it's not boring. It's never boring," said Chumley's bartender Tony Bernon.
As for the fans, it didn't matter, who was playing as long as there was football on.
"This one's the first game of the season, so I'm really excited about it." said Lafayette resident Dan Klenoski. "I definitely like to come in when sports are on, but I live downtown so Chumley's is a good place to come year-round.
"It's been awhile. I've been living in San Antonio and I'm finally back here now. It's the first game of the season and we're excited to be here," said Purdue senior Nick Phipps.
Business is expected to stay busier than normal this weekend.
Managers expect some of their biggest crowds with the home opener for Purdue on Saturday and the first week of Sunday NFL games.
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