Many chose to watch the Big Game in Downtown Fresno on Sunday, where there are many signs of revitalization.
No matter what team you were routing for, there is no other sporting event like the Big Game.
“Being able to watch right now and seeing the Patriots play a game, it’s just bringing back some bad memories, but also some good ones too,” laughed former NFL player Anthony McCoy.
McCoy is a Bullard High graduate, and a Super Bowl champion from 2013. The Seattle Seahawk chose to watch the Big Game at the Shepherd’s Inn in Downtown Fresno – an area that he believes is growing in popularity like other big cities.
He said, “I feel like Fresno has a potential to be like one of those places, and I can see in the future that we’re potentially be like LA and San Francisco.”
Craig Scharton agrees. He serves as the interim CEO of the Downtown Fresno Partnership.
“We want this to be the place where people come to celebrate,” stated Scharton.
Scharton said the Fulton Street project, along with new restaurants and additions to downtown, are adding to the appeal. Several Big Game parties took place on Sunday, including at Chris Caillier’s Shepherd’s Inn and Tioga Sequoia.
Caillier, who is the marketing director said, “I really love the buzz of downtown, and it’s just, the four years that I’ve been here, it’s just getting more and more of a buzz.”
The Downtown Fresno Partnership will have it’s annual meeting on February 15. For more information, click here.