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 (KCEN) -- It's a new stadium... and a new way to experience Baylor games.

 "I think it's amazing," said Jessica Schneider, who lives in Austin, but plans on coming to at least a game or two.

"Before most of the games we'll come through here and shop around and go downstairs for a little bit.  And kind of get our gameday essentials."

 That's what downtown shop owners like Jennifer Wilson are counting on.

 A big Baylor display greets her shoppers as they come upstairs to Spice Village.

"Normally on Sunday's we're open from 12 to 5," said Wilson. "But this Sunday we're going to be open from 11 to 6."

McLane should bring a lot more traffic downtown. There won't be any parking spaces at the stadium for regular ticket holders.

These spots are for donors.  

That means for thousand of fans, it's going to be street parking downtown.. but with 14,000 parking spots downtown, developers here are hoping it won't be an issue

"Itwould be single-game ticket purchasers who would probably be the ones funneling to the downtown area," said Nick Joos with Baylor Athletics.

 Every game except one is sold out. That's a lot of fans downtown.

"That's just the way they build stadiums these days," said City of Waco Urban Development Director Chris McGowan. "With not enough parking it benefits the neighborhood, and that's kind of by design in this instance."

More traffic hopefully means more spending and not just at restaurants and shops.

"We're seeing, you know, private businesses starting up parking lots in and around the football stadium," said McGowan.

Fans, businesses and even developers are ready to adjust to keep the revenue flowing.

 


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