WRESTLEMANIA BACKLASH: Businesses seeing extra boost with WWE in Providence (WPRI.com)


Posted on 5/09/122 by Mike Informer



PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — WWE Backlash
returned to Providence on Sunday night for
the first time in 13 years.

A sold-out crowd of thousands filled the
Dunkin Donuts Center and one local business
says keep events like this coming because
it’s great for business.

“Let’s get the city to do more things like
that, let’s get more events like this in the
convention center,” Patrick Cohen said.

Hours before the wrestling event, foot
traffic was at local bars and restaurants.

“We opened up at four o’clock, we turned the
restaurant four or five times. People were
in town for this wrestling thing, it was a
very busy Sunday,” Cohen said.

Patrick Cohen, the bar manager at nearby
Murphy’s Pub, says the crowds rivaled those
during the Friars NCAA run.

“What we got today was similar to like when
PC were doing good in the NCAA tournament.
When they kept winning and winning, the
crowds kept getting bigger and bigger and
bigger. Today was one of those days, it kind
of caught everyone of guard in the city,”
Cohen said.

Cohen says they were prepared, but shocked
by the actual turnout.

“We were geared up for it thank god cuz it
was so busy. Usually we wouldn’t have this
many people on on a Sunday, but we had a
full staff in kitchen and house because we
needed it. A lot of people for food, a lot
of families with signs. People are pumped
for this wrestling over here.”

Sunday night’s Backlash is the first premium
live pay per view event to return to
Providence since April 2009 and this year’s
calendar is also the most live events on the
WWE calendar.


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