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Start of football season brings big business for local bars

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For many people across the United States, the start of the football season means the official start to fall- and Colorado Springs is no exception.

Not only is the season changing- the fans are coming out to local businesses to root on their favorite teams. 

For the Dublin House, fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers call it their second home during the season. 

A tradition that began nearly 7 years ago 'it just happened to work out that the Steelers were looking for a new home and we were looking to host somebody so it worked out and the time was just right," said Danny Winslet, owner of the Dublin House. 

Although Steelers claim the bar as their base camp- Winslet says fans of all teams flock to the bar for game day.

'We have a great melting pot of different fan bases up here: Vikings, Cowboys, and of course Broncos, Packers, every team comes here,' said Winslet. 

The variety of fans at the Dublin House means more customers- something Winslet says it's a help economically as well 'between the Broncos and every other team it does create a big boost in business for us."

Winslet added as a sports bar and Colorado Springs being a big town for Football fans, the fall season brings in a lot money. 

For fans- it's not just the food and beer deals bringing them out to the sports bars on Sundays- it's the atmosphere to share with people in the community.

For Charles McKim, a Pittsburgh fan from Pueblo he found the community of Steelers fans' comforting as he entered the bar- he and his son just barely missed the game at the Dublin House. 

'I knew we won though because everyone was kind of high spirit as we walked out,' said McKim. 

Colorado Springs might be considered Broncos country- but some fans of the Bronco's rivals in previous Super Bowls felt no shame in showing their pride Sunday. 

Including Michael Hughes- a North Carolina Panthers fan who added trash-talking is an added bonus for fans at bars "nothing too wild, don't get personal, just game talk," said Hughes. 

Something Winslet says- is another big drive for people to watch the game at the bar versus at home "I think a lot of it is the competitive, friendly trash-talking," said Winslet. 'yeah you could do it at your house but you can't do it in front of a few hundred people."

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