Fanfare at home celebrates Alabama baseball and softball teams

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Caleb Aguayo

The University of Alabama baseball team played against the University of Central Florida in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional on May 31. That same evening, the women's softball team played against Duke in Oklahoma in the Women's College World Series.

In Tuscaloosa, bars and restaurants are busier on game nights, even though students are on summer vacation. Innisfree waiter Jaime Calabrese said business isn't quite as brisk as it usually is during the school year.

“It's a little less busy because a lot of people are out of town. Not everyone is coming back yet. But towards the end of the summer, around mid-June or July, a lot of people come back and then it's really fun,” Calabrese said.

But at the downtown Mellow Mushroom, diners crowded around dining tables to watch the Tide game on ESPN.

Just off Government Plaza downtown, managers at the Heat Pizza Bar said they also see an increase in customers every UA game day. Waitress Lily Smith said the emotion of the game is a big reason the crowd comes.

“Everyone is so happy when we win. When we lose, everyone is rooting for each other. But the atmosphere is great,” Smith said.

The College World Series will continue into June, and restaurant managers in downtown Tuscaloosa say they are already preparing to serve a larger crowd in the fall.