Big game means big business in Connecticut

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The big game means big business for many Connecticut bars and businesses especially with the New England Patriots going for another title.

At Archie Moore‘s in New Haven, they expect to serve 30,000 wings on Sunday. That’s way above the 300 wings they normally serve on an average Sunday. 

That means the kitchen is super busy right now. It’s been fully staffed with 24-hour crews since Wednesday to be ready for the super demand.

On Saturday — the day before the game — pre-orders of wings were way up, too. 

“Today, we’re probably going to do 3,000 because the orders are coming in all day long,” said Jim Wooley, General Manager of Archie Moore’s in New Haven.

News 8 asked Wooley how the atmosphere gets on big game Sunday.

 “It’s a madhouse,” he said. “Absolutely crazy.”

Apparently, many Connecticut football fans are also crazy for cupcakes because the big game has resulted in big dough for The Sugar Bakery in East Haven, where workers have been making and selling cupcakes featuring the Patriots and Rams team logos and colors.

“Fortunately the Patriots are near and dear to our hearts,” said Brenda Deponte. “It’s a big weekend for us.”

It’s also a big weekend in Middletown at Wesleyan University because of one famous alumn. Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick graduated from Wesleyan in 1975. The Athletic Director, who’s also a good friend, says not only did Belichick play football there, he also learned the art of coaching while excelling on the lacrosse team.

“He was captain of our lacrosse team,” said Mike Whalen, Wesleyan University’s Athletic Director. “Coach Jackson still tells stories today of when Coach Belichick was a junior or senior and he would be on the sidelines drawing up plays and talking to his teammates about where he should be on the field. He was much more a coach on the field than a player.”

While many Connecticut football fans will watch the game on TV, several of Bellichick’s Connecticut friends from college will be with him supporting him at the game in Atlanta.

“I think it speaks volumes about how much he thinks of the university and the impact the university had on his life,” Whalen said.

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