WACO (August 13, 2014) Businessman Russell Spicer, who initially feared that he might lose his store to Baylor’s new on-campus football stadium, is now looking forward to some serious game day business.
During the two years since work got underway on McLane Stadium, Spicer has remodeled his small convenience store at Orchard Lane and Spring Street and renamed it Spicers Kickoff Korner.
The store is an easy walk from the stadium and many of the hundreds of workers involved in the construction have eaten at his store.
Now he’s looking forward to business from fans once the season gets underway.
“We expect some overflow over in this area so we're here to try to help the fans, and try to make the experience and welcome the fans to our neighborhood,” he said.
“I've seen nothing but good come out of this,” he said.
Brazos Parking is taking advantage of the new stadium as well.
Two local businessmen bought a weedy eight-acre tract on South Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard more than 30 years ago and now they’re building a large parking lot, leasing space for a George’s Party Zone, a tailgate area and an athletic tent shop.
“If you can imagine 30 years ago this road didn't even go all the way to La Salle,” spokesman Steve Smith said.
“It was just scrub,” he said.
Now, he said, “this scrubby eight acres by the grace of God became an asset not only to Waco but to Baylor university and all the fans coming to Waco."