PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - With many major sports leagues being postponed for the time being, downtown Phoenix restaurants and businesses are bracing for the ripple effect.

“I’m actually heartbroken about it because I’m a diehard Suns fan,” said one man.

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Empty downtown Phoenix business.

The thought of no more basketball or baseball-- at least for now-- is being felt all across the Valley, especially in downtown Phoenix. Kristen Colby is a waitress at Willies Taco Joint, which is directly between Talking Stick Resort Arena and Chase Field.

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“Our majority of our foot traffic is conventions and sports goers,” said Colby.

Adam Rice is the owner of The Strand Urban Italian.

“We get a mad rush before the game,” Rice said. "Ugh, I’m kind of flabbergasted.”

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It's unclear when the Phoenix Suns will return to Talking Stick Resort Arena.

According to Rice, they first felt the impact of the coronavirus a few weeks ago, when conventions started getting canceled.

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“We’ve obviously adjusted schedules. We are going to have to cut hours back,” Rice said. "It’s not fun at all. We are not telling people they don’t have a job yet, we won’t do that."

Concession workers at Talking Stick Resort Arena are also wondering about their job.

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“Our majority of our foot traffic is conventions and sports goers,” said Colby.

“It helps me earn some extra income. I won’t be working the Suns games but I’ll be working the other events they’re having here,” said Angel Muniz.

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If more events continue to be either be postponed or canceled, Muniz will have to start looking elsewhere for work.

“We just hope the locals down here really support us through it,” said Rice.


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