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Merchants say they're cashing in on championship crowds

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The day before Sporting KC plays Real Salt Lake, all is quiet at Sporting Park.

At nearby shopping center, Legends Outlets, they are seeing their normal Friday night business. But when soccer fans flood to the Major League Soccer Championship Saturday afternoon, that's when the restaurants and stores expect to score big.

"What other Kansas City team made the playoffs in the last 20 to 25 years. I think it's great. It puts the spotlight on Kansas City, puts a spotlight on the team. And I can't be happier," said Gary Berbiglia, a co-owner of Arthur Bryant's BBQ.

Berbiglia said all of his staff will be working Saturday to serve the expected 220 people an hour lining up for his BBQ.

"I have prep numbers down for tomorrow. I am preparing 120 slabs of ribs. Normally we are preparing 80," he said.

Any way you slice it, Berbiglia's thrilled about the 3 p.m. start time for the game.

"So that should give us some people before the game and some people after the game. It could wind up being a lot better than a normal day," he said.

Only 1,000 tickets were allotted to the Real Salt Lake fans, so businesses in the Legends don't expect too many out-of-town guests. They expect most of their customers will be local Sporting fans.

Some Real Salt Lake fans who had already made it to town were checking out the stadium before the big match.

"Yeah we will (be outnumbered in Sporting Park) but we're still excited to represent," said Nathan Maerk of Omaha, NE.

They added that they won't be outnumbered in spirit.

David Webb and his wife Teri flew in from Salt Lake to meet up with some of their friends from Omaha who will be cheering for the visiting team. They all said that no matter which team walks out holding up the championship cut, the expense and the experience will be well worth it.

"We just decided it was Christmas so we would come and have a good time. Build the memories. This is our first time in Kansas City, but it's been good so far. We're looking for a great match tomorrow," David Webb said.

There is a bet going on right now between the mayors of Kansas City and Salt Lake City. If Kansas City loses, we have to send him a basket of our best barbeque and if they lose their mayor will have to send a basket with their finest gourmet foods from the area.

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