Bozeman hotels and restaurants prepare for MSU homecoming weekend
Bobcat fever is in the air as we are less than 24 hours away from the 2013 homecoming football game against Northern Arizona. Homecoming weekend brings alumni and fans back to Bozeman, giving the area an economic boost between summer and winter tourist seasons.
It is more than a football game for businesses like the Comfort Inn in Bozeman. It is one of the most profitable weekends of the year. We spoke to Andrew Ash Friday afternoon. He is the general manager at the Comfort Inn. He tells us this will be his 13th homecoming weekend at this hotel.
"At least 75 percent of our guests are here for the same reason so it's a good energy. Because of last weeks game, a lot of people got really excited and started booking this week," said Ash.
We also called six other hotels Friday to find out how busy they will be this weekend. We found all were booked solid, or only had a few rooms left.
"We will fill up this weekend and I can imagine most of the hotels will too," said Ash.
We also visited Western Cafe in downtown Bozeman who says homecoming weekend is one of their busiest all year. Allana Lang has worked at the restaurant for more than five years.
"A lot more business, lots of people from out of town, more students," said Lang.
Western Cafe is a staple in downtown Bozeman, it has been here for more than 80 years.
"We have a lot of people that went to school here many years ago and come back during homecoming weekend," said Lang.
Lang says on a regular game day they may see 300 people walk through the doors. However during homecoming weekend, that number is closer to 500.