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Business booming along Mesa thanks to WNIT championship game

By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- Thanks to the WNIT championship game, business is booming along Mesa.

"Yeah we've had to increase stock on beer, our specials, food, our burger specials during the tournament. We're staffing correctly. We got the correct amount of people here just to make sure we're ready for everyone that comes in," said Ted Aikman, the owner of King's X.

"We're always stocked up for whatever's going to happen, we do have extra help coming in today and just trying to make sure everybody has a good time and a good seat," said Guillermo Fano, a manager at Cabo Joe's.

We stopped by several establishments before the game and after.

"We get the rush before the games and we get the rush after the games," Aikman said.

The game was close but ultimately, UTEP lost by a mere two points.

But that didn't stop fans from continuing to support the Lady Miners.

"It's an important thing to celebrate this because it's not every day we have a NIT championship here so it's good for the city, good for us, good for the morale of the city," said Hector Quintero of central El Paso.

And it isn't stopping people from pumping money back into the local economy.

"You know, we have people coming in from out of town, we have people using the parking lots around us so you know they automatically see our business so you know, it's been busy. It's been really good," Fano said.

"Everything that happens at UTEP, especially when they're winning, helps us since we're so close to the UTEP campus and everything," Aikman said.