“In the background there is room”, “but how is that going to be the headline?”, “A little table?” They are another social network, another coaching college, the bars,transit stations or fixed bar stops on the way to football stadiums. Playing without an audience is a kick for business. According to the yearbook of the Hotelier of Spain, there are183,306 bars in our country.From 20 neighboring establishments to each Primera feudo analyze a future behind closed doors.
In order of classification it is foundthe Camp Nou. Antonio Martnez, owner of the Avenida bar,He acknowledges that although his viability does not depend exclusively on the box of the game days, I know that this income gives him a bonus to end the month without worries.“That plus that gave me sports events in the Bara enclosure I still need it to live”,says the owner of this business with more than 50 years.
“I am very close, but not attached to the Camp Nou, and we have people who have always gone to the stadium. The tradition of coming from grandparents to children and then to grandchildren has passed. Without that money of, more or less, three games a month I’m going right, “admits Martnez.
In the orbit of theBernabu lives in the Ms Jamn bar. Antonio Prez, its owner,He describes the situation as “very complicated, but with the soccer behind closed doors even more. And if the soccer is taken to Di Stfano, well, even more. It is a family business, with four employees, and it has always worked very well for us .On game days, at least, we tripled the billing. And in Champions we quadrupled.In Champions it is crazy because he is a more splendid public, with many people who come from outside, and he has no qualms about spending anything. “
Antonio believes that it will not open “until September. Because with the situation of fear that there will be and without football it will not beprofitable. If there was football, yes, but without football … It’s complicated.This situation is a little frustrating and lasts, but it is what it is. We suffer for the families of the four employees, because we have had to do an ERTE. We have offered to help them in whatever … And if there is football in Valdebebas, then we would not even have the sale of that journalist or worker who goes to Bernabu that day … “.
To scarceThree minutes from Ramn Snchez-Pizjun is the Cafetera Buenos Aires, run by former Sevilla player Bernardo ‘Baby’ Acosta.The Argentine, although he was born in Paraguay, opened the establishment 40 years ago with his friend Rodolfo Orife. Both had crossed the pond to play one at Sevilla and the other at Betis.
“We are few, an employee, the partner I have now and I. It is not large and we handle it well,” explains Acosta. “If you have your back covered you bear it,But there comes a time that is like when I was playing. While you play, money comes in, when you finish, you stay, you stay, but less money goes in, more comes out and everything is adapting, “he added.The love of the sevillistas turns their establishment into one of the meeting points on match days. “The fans appreciate and love me. If you make 500 euros on a normal day, depending on the rival and the importance of the match, you can make 1,000, 1,500, 2,000 …”.
Although Baby Acosta claims to have an age “that already weighs me down and I have to delegate and relax a little. I have never sold or transferred it.A crisis is coming that will last a few years.Bear it? I don’t know. It all depends on how the business works. At my age we have a present, we have no future. Public, people and television is what football has. To the others it would lack the sauce “, clarified Baby Acosta.
The BreweryTxamarta is one of the most popular establishments in Plaza Ferreras, located just in front of the Reale Arena stadiumin San Sebastin. “We are concerned about the situation and how it will be the return. The matches in Anoeta will be played behind closed doors, which would be a chore, because we live on football,” Ander Garciarena, one of the three family members who told us, told us. they carry the Txamarta.
The great moment that the area near the stadium lives has been slowed down. “We were just making the best boxes, both in the League and in the Cup.This year the rival did not matter, people were very motivated with Real, who are doing well and were playing very well and we had a lot of people “, remembers with regret. “During the week, there is a school next door, people come, but above all we depend on football. And, if it is closed, we can raise up to a quarter of a normal day from a Real match,” he regrets.
Getafe has a classic in The Corner of To Eulogio,a place that has 15 full-time workers before the virus is hit. Luca, her owner, does not hide her uneasiness about the future: “It is almost better not to open until things improve because for four to come. To maintain such a staff, you have to work hard and it is normal that people do not want risks. Nor you can do a reform without knowing the conditions. “The closed soccer gate is another trip. Luca affirms that the games gave them “a lot. In a single day what was collected in four normal games. Everything depends on the team and the time. The one at 12 is not good for us. At 8 they eat sandwiches, at 4, mens “.
The football was subscribed to thirst and Luca clarifies that in a football day they get to spend“three or four barrels of 50 liters of beer and 30 boxes”.
Luis Mota is the manager ofLa Gradona, restaurant next to the Wanda MetropolitanoThe fact that on Atlantic holidays it increases its employees by 30% and multiplies its collection. The closure of football has been a severe blow to the business: “There is mainly great uncertainty due to the total stoppage of activity.”
If now it is hard for the Wanda to be closed, it will change little if the football returns without an audience until next year: “For us without people it would be a normal daylike now. There will be no movement as it is not a place with people passing through. It would be very expensive economically. Everything has affected the income that is now 0 but that without the public would not increase much more. The key is that the 70,000 people who come normally can come. “Many of the clients are workers from the Atlantic itself.
From the door of Concha’s bar one takes fifty steps and enters Mestalla’s entrails.Not without first passing in front of the offices that the club has in the square of the fans. After eight years pulling the cart of an establishment that has reinvented itself, Concha’s world falls to his feet: “It is a double wreck. Bars close and people end up on football.” The days that Valencia plays at home the bar oozes gento. In addition one can find any ex-player, there is the headquarters that Fernando Giner directs with a teacher, having a coffee or making a consistent ‘entrep’.“The game days are a blessing from God. They are a fundamental extra for us”, he comments with the touched spirit.
Concha is aware that this blow will be final for many. “There are going to be many bars that cannot continue without aid after this situation.We want to continue,We are almost a family and we will fight, but it will be very hard for everyone, “he says.
If one approachesto the Cermica stadium, you will surely have a drink at the Bar Madrigal. JosHe belongs to the third generation of the Daz Gil family that has run the business since the 1960s and has been in charge for 20 years. He has worked over a thousand football games and has received fans from all over the world. For him, the pandemic and closed football take part of his life.“We are all very touched and I’m sure that in Villarreal there will be many bars that cannot lift the blind”,he comments as he calculates what may have been left in this stop. “We had five games left at home and in each game we almost multiplied by five what we collected in one day.”
For the owner, a soccer fan like few others, the hope that things return to normal is his day to day. “I have five people on the staff and five more who come on match days to reinforce.The same we saved because we have a large square in front and plenty of space. Hopefully this will happen soon, but the blow is going to be brutal. “
Doubt is installed inEl Castillo viejo, a bar near the Los Crmenes stadium.There awaits Ivn, a Syrian national, with two employees, who sees the situation “fatal, it is not known what the future will be like, nor what will happen, but it is dark”. In charge of the venue for two years, he remembers that the days of games “are much better, especially when there is a visit from a large team.”
Ivn, who declares himself a “follower of Bara”, thinks about footballclosed door, something “very badfor business. There are not many people who come to watch football on television. “As a consolation he sees the opening of the terrace, he goes on business for which he raises” more money than inside the premises “.
InBilbao, there is no Athletic match without transfer by the stores of Licenciado Poza. El Huevo Berria is one of them, just 300 meters from San Mams.A party with the public gives them life. “If we were already annoyed with certain schedules, having to face games behind closed doors is going to be very difficult. It changes everything,” explains Jose, the owner of the premises. The Berria Egg was preparing for an intense 2020, which aims to crown the Euro Cup. He had made improvements to the premises. Everything to the fret. “We are in ERTE. These crises are always paid by the same, the self-employed and SMEs”, warns the owner.
Soccer without the public in the stands greatly complicates the stage.“An Athletic game changes your day. When there is a game we work much more. The box can be tripled,although we also have more workers. A Saturday without football is worth two waiters and one person in the kitchen, while Athletic is playing the day we have five waiters and two working in the kitchen. On Sunday we only open if Athletic plays, “concludes Jose.“The business that will not fail is that of television.Bars and restaurants have been more complicated because there were stripes that could make you dust. “
Like a footballer,the Bar Casa Alber, neighbor of El Sadar pamplons,is in preseason. Juan Antonio, its owner, deals with some reformilla on the floor of the bar, “just maintenance”, for a place that also includes his wife and two other employees, with a reinforcement for weekends. Now, with an ERTE in between, everything has come to a standstill.
The bar is a football appendage, with T-shirts, souvenirs, pictures and on the outside a giant wooden ‘Rojillo’, carved by Juan Antonio’s brother from an original 350-kilo log. There it is, anchored, with the number 12, a monument “respected and loved.All fans take photos of themselves.He is already three and a half years old and the children are holding their ears. “
Football behind closed doors “will show a lot,” adds Juan Antonio, Osasuna’s partner for more than 40 years. The business depends on the schedule.There are parties “of coffee, others of lunch, others of food”, he affirms, although the worst hour “is 4 in the afternoon. There is more haste, less time to consume”. In one football day, in two hours he can sell “150 to 200 liters of beer.” ‘Rojillo’ is still waiting for the return to normality.
Javier Padn, owner of the Cambados Restaurant, one of the most popular in Los Bermejales and where the presence of fans and even managers and ethical playersIt is usual, he explains how he is living this complex situation: “We are closed, without invoicing. Looking forward to starting again.” Fortunately, his business has not been forced to make layoffs or an ERTE: “At the moment we remain the same, but let’s see how long this lasts.”
But already it suffers the consequences of the schedules in which LaLiga schedules the matches, with an important influence on the billing: “It depends on the match and the schedules. With televisions, a match on a Sunday at nine o’clock at night is not the same than a Saturday at six in the afternoon.After the games on Friday or Saturday people stay until later because on Sunday they don’t have to work,on Sunday he goes home early. I imagine that the billing would influence us a lot, if you play behind closed doors, the public will not come, “he concludes.
One ofThe first places that any new player or coach of Levante knows is the Avenida bar.All contracts have been signed and the players are still pecking when they are going to celebrate something to the ‘raconet’ of Raimon. Antonio, one of the employees, nephews of whom they were owners 25 years ago, combines good humor and concern. “We don’t know what we are going to find when we raise the blind.”
The Avenida bar is a hotbed on game days.“With Madrid, Valencia or Barcelona we are up to nine people behind the bar”,Antonio comments that he sees how football without the public is going to leave them on the edge. “It will be hard, but the truth is that nobody knows what will happen. If we have 500 people and only 50 can enter now, I don’t know how we are going to solve it.”
Near the Alavs house isBericus,a multi-space with three employees, which has also received an ERTE whose resolution is not yet known. Manuel, its owner, focuses “on working, I’m back. The rhythm of life we lived in this society was not normal, living, vacation, leisure, etc. It is an educational problem. This has happened is the fall of the Empire “
Manuel boasts of a heated warehouse with 750 references and about the influence of the closed door on the business, he does not go crazy:“I am not a soccer fan and the local takes advantage of the inertia of the step.It depends on the date and the match, but it does not influence us. It is true that if Eibar comes at the weekend on a good schedule there is a boom. “As a sample, the venue closes on Sundays, another of the football days.
La Castellana, near the Nuevo Jos Zorrilla, does not reopen:“I do not renew, we were for rentand I leave the business. It is not worth it. “They did not even analyze the impact of football behind closed doors because” it has diminished. The influence of game days was downhill, “they say from the premises.
In the vicinity of the stadiumIpurua, a classic of Spanish football, is the Sidrera Restaurante Ipur.Itzal, a member of the local family, where she also works, quickly summarizes the situation: “Everything is paralyzed and we have made an ERTE.” In Ipur, the workforce was six and closed-door football would be another suit for a large business that can hold up to 300 people because“There are usually many orders and reservations, especially on Real Madrid, Bara, Athletic or Real days.as happened with the postponed match against Real because of the landfill. And the May communions also disappear … “.
A regular from Ipur is Emilio Butragueo, where Florentino Prez has also been seen. When calculating losses in income there is resignation: “It depends on the game and the schedule, but on a big day, for example, it calculates 150 people for 40 euros. Without football, if Eibar plays outside, then you can do about 1,500 euros “. Itzal concludes:“We will have to wait and have a lot of health.”
In the vicinity ofBalados there is no room for optimism.The virus has also hit the businesses of the Vigo hotelier. Mari Paz, from the Cavanna coffee shop, summarizes the situation as “chaotic, but like most Spaniards,” she says for a three-employee store that in summer increased the workforce by two.For Mari Paz it is time to “wait. We are no longer ownersof our businesses. We are government “mandates”. We cannot defer payments and there is no income. “
Soccer behind closed doors is another trip, but not the worst because“It doesn’t influence us so much before.We will lose 50 clients, but not many more. These were days when the most consumed product was beer. I estimate that we sell 30 liters, or so. The lack of concerts that was also nearby almost hurt us more. “Mari Paz recalls that Fernando Hierro has been to the premises several times.
Stay away fromSon Moix remain silent. At the bar El rincn de Sanlcar, Mari Jose is waiting,in charge of a family business where her husband and son are. “We have the advantage of being a family.” For Mari Jose also tell that “many people will be afraid.” The influence of football does not see it as definitive because“It has been one of the worst years in the league.I don’t know if it’s because of the schedules. There is a lot of time for a game at 4 or 7, where people ask for a tie or something to eat. It has all come together. “
The star is “beer, of which there are 35 references,” says Mari Jose, who watches helplessly as the best time of the year begins. Still waiting for the reopening to come with the 45-square-meter terrace float. “It is what there is,” he concludes.
Miguel Angel Garca Escudero,Tocho, was captain of the Legans. Today, he has a bar 300 meters from the stadium, so he is suffering the crisis from a material and spiritual point of view: “People are sad without football.We are becoming unfriendly. “The Atrium, its venue, with capacity for 70 people, is the bar of the area par excellence, the meeting and gathering point on match day:” Here you see everyone. It is a beer bar. We dispatch two barrels and seven boxes of thirds in the league days. “
Disagree with the de-escalation plan of theGovernment for the sector: “I hope they rectifyand, of course, let football come back. When the Lega wins, we do well. And when he loses … too. “
The matches in theRCDE Stadium account for around 20 percent of turnover for Bar Los Cazadores,located a few meters from the blue and white stadium. It is a local of all life and has a fixed clientele during the week, but Espanyol’s meetings allow him to increase the box, explains its owner for two years Javier Haro López.The closed door considers it “quite damaging. When there is footballwe can enter about 20 percent. Although it is a neighborhood bar, on game days there is a lot of influx. Everything that is happening is quite bleeding for the small business, we don’t invoice and we have to pay taxes, “explains Haro.
‘Bars what places, so pleasant to talk’, sang Gabinete Caligari.The closed door of football will silence the life of those places where there will be fewer coaches and napkins.Third change.
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