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End of preseason kicks off Saints local economy

The warm-up of preseason isn't just for the New Orleans Saints. Local businesses and industry also kick off in 10 days when the team hits the field in Arizona. (FOX 8 Photo) The warm-up of preseason isn't just for the New Orleans Saints. Local businesses and industry also kick off in 10 days when the team hits the field in Arizona. (FOX 8 Photo)
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The warm-up of preseason isn't just for the New Orleans Saints. Local businesses and industry also kick off in 10 days when the team hits the field in Arizona. 

"Not only do you want them to win for our city but also for our business," Finn McCool's bar owner Keith Patterson said.  

His business brings in a difference of several thousand dollars in a good year compared to a season of the 'Ain'ts. 

"It could really mean a lot for a small business like this because not only will it maybe bring in new people who have never been to this bar before," Patterson said. "But if they start to taper off it's hard to kind of generate that business."  

As the Saints' wins and losses column affect some businesses, tourism experts say in recent years, wins do not make much of a difference. The Dome sells out and hotels are jammed packed win or lose. 

"You've got basically a festival every weekend that the Saints are playing here in addition to all the other festivals that are occurring. So we're talking hundreds of millions of dollars easily over the span of the home games that are running here in New Orleans," New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. CEO Mark Romig said.  

But a Who Dat streak does rally Saints apparel sales. 

"It's huge," said Pam Randazza. "It's all my business."
     
Her Black and Gold Sports Shop in Metairie sees customers flock in when the Saints make the playoffs. 

Most of her sales come from people who left after Hurricane Katrina but still bleed Black and Gold. 

"I call them tourist but they used to be natives here but they strive my business," she said.  

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