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Area businesses cashing in with the UFC in town

UFC Fight Night comes to town and fans are pouring money into the local economy.

Posted: Jun 1, 2018 6:52 PM

Utica, N.Y. - The UFC brought its Fight Night to Utica for the very first time on Friday and area businesses are glad they did.


Sam Tornatore, owner and operator of Babe's Macaroni Grill and Bar in Utica, says every event that comes to the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium like the UFC Fight Night means good things for his business which is less than a mile from the venue.

Tornatore says he is excited UFC has come to town and brought with it quite a group of fans from out of town.

Same goes for Jason Allen-Leonard, co-owner of Bite Bakery & Cafe in Bagg's Square.

Allen-Leonard says the UFC in town meant a big day for his business on Friday all day long, "The people here, the influx of people is just incredible, the people walking around is great so many people are exploring the city they’re saying new things." He adds having Fight Night broadcast live across the country is also a big plus for Utica, "Think it’s great for the area, I think it puts you to on the map across the nation, it’s being televised which is wonderful."

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