Since Parkview Field opened its gates in April, there have been a record number of hits in and outside the park. “I didnt think it would have this big of an impact at all” says JK O’Donnell Proprietor, Kim Jacobs. Some business owners were skeptical at first. But now most are sad for the season to come to a close. “In the beginning there wasnt much but after people started coming and realizing that I’d be cheaper to come downtown an eat dinner before you go to the game, it got a lot busier” says Toscani Pizzeria Manager, Samantha Bellis. Its impacted staffing. “We have two or three more staff tonight and we plan on being pretty busy” says Bellis. Its impacted restaurant hours. Bellis says they decided to open on Sunday and that’s it’s benefited them nicely. Jacobs also notes a change in hours due to the baseball games downtown. She says initially they extended their hours on Saturdays and opened on Sundays, which they hadnt done previously. Its impacted traffic on and off game nights. Jacobs says that “indicates that theres a real renewed interest in whats going on downtown.” Even those not located in the heart of downtown have seen an impact. Mad Anthony Brewing Company isnt located in central downtown, but has still had a hit because of Parkview Field. “We look forward to their games. Tonight is their last game in Fort Wayne. Were expecting a good turnout like we always do” says Mad Anthony Manager Dustin Ware. The brewery also began offering free buggy rides to and from the field, which has drawn more people through their doors before hitting the game. “I think its been nothing but an incredibly positive turnout not only for the stadium but for downtown” Jacobs adds. JK O’Donnell’s is already looking forward to next season. Right now theyre prepping to become a family-friendly restaurant ina few weeks. Currently only those 21 and over are allowed.