Local Restaurant In Texoma Gearing Up For NCAA Basketball Tournament
March 19, 2015 at 1:24 PM CDT - Updated July 2 at 9:40 AM
Wichita Falls, TX - Did you fill out your brackets yet? If not, time is running out. Thursday afternoon tips off the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament.
"We're in Texas. Texas is going to take it," said, a Texas sports fanatic.
"Baylor is going to take it all the way," said, a devoted Bear fan.
"I'm rooting for SMU,” said, a Coach Larry Brown fan.
Whether you are from North or South Texas, sports fans alike will be filing into sports bars and restaurants to watch college hoops. Newschannel 6 stopped by one local business in Texoma to see how its gearing up for March Madness.
Backporch Drafthouse located off of Kell Boulevard said it's expecting college basketball fans to come eat and drink at its establishment once they are finished penciling in their brackets.
"Just intense, fast pace basketball play. Man, it's just fun to watch," said, a college basketball fan rooting for SMU.
There are 64 teams in the tournament. Two in a half weeks of basketball. One mission. A national championship.
However, the game plan at the Backporch is a little different. Management said it wants to avoid any upsets and instead wants to provide great food, drinks and service to its customers.
"We're staffing up. We're opening up our patio and making sure we have the kitchen help and everything as well," said Bobbie Burgess, Manager, Backporch Drafthouse.
This is the Backporch first year being open during the NCAA tournament, but it hopes to capitalize on the increase in business
"There's a lot more teams. There's a lot more going on. So I think that it will bring in a lot more business for us,” said Burgess.
On weekdays the business brings in between $7,000 to $8,000 and more than $15,000 on weekends. They expect profits to double during NCAA Tournament play.