Just days before Super Bowl LV, sports bar owners should be gearing up for what is typically their busiest day of the year. Not this year. With the coronavirus pandemic still disrupting sporting events, owners like Travis Davidson say they’re not expecting a full house for the big game on Sunday.

“We will be open, but we don’t expect the crowds we’ve had in the past,” said Davidson, who owns Treys Bar & Grill in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “We know that people are going to stay home this year.”

Sports bar owners say the public health crisis has scared away virtually all their customers over the past 10 months. The combination of cancelled or postponed games and mandates forcing restaurants to temporarily close has torpedoed their profits, bar owners told CBS MoneyWatch.Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday said Americans should watch the Super Bowl from home, delivering yet another blow to sports bars.


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