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World Cup 2014 helps boost local business

World Cup fever is sweeping the globe, and in New Orleans - it's no different. It's also bringing a boost in business.

It doesn't take long before Finn McCool's Pub and Grill is a packed house, full of fans who are louder than ever.

"In England versus Italy last night, this placed was packed," said Rachel Scarafia, a soccer fan. "Shoulder to shoulder."

The Mid-City pub brought in reinforcements for the Honduras-France game. 

"A load of beer is getting iced up as we speak," said Stacey Josey, a bartender at Finn McCool's. "We've got the bar outside, tables outside, extra hands on deck to help. We're well-prepared.." The bar is also bringing in an extra eight bartenders for the United State's first match up against Ghana Monday. "It's mayhem."

It's like that all over New Orleans. Bars and restaurants we talked to say soccer fever means a surge of people ordering more food and more beer. The FIFA World Cup happens every four year, and that bump in business is a nice change of pace from the slower summer months.

"It brings in people from different cities, and people who are visiting from Europe or overseas," said Josey.

Those fans say the event  brings people together.

"There's a lot of great people around here. The atmosphere is perfect," said Jordan Bleier, a fan who says he's been playing since he was young.

The World Cup goes until July 13. Many bars and restaurants are expecting business to double that month.

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