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Local businesses, taxis prepare to cash in on game days

By: Genevieve Curtis

EL PASO, TEXAS--Businesses in Union Plaza are preparing for a grand slam Monday when they launch the fun zone before and after El Paso Chihuahuas baseball games.
 
Local taxi companies are also hoping to cash in on the thousands of fans expected at Opening Day and all the games that follow.
 
Union Plaza businesses, such as The Garden, tell KFOX14 they're expecting a full house before and after the game. Taxis will be lining up on Anthony Street to get people home once the post-game celebration is over.
 
The Union Plaza block party for opening day will start a full eight hours before the first pitch and continue for hours after the last one.
 
"We're going to be here all night," said Eric Owen, the bar manager at The Garden.
 
With drinks aplenty, they'll also need plenty of taxis.
 
Some local cab companies said they plan to deploy more cabs to the ballpark area.
 
But there seems to be some confusion as to where they can set up.
 
Currently, city ordinance prevents cabs from cruising downtown and picking up passengers, so they have to rely on stands.
 
Jesus Perez, the owner of United Cab Co., told KFOX14 he still has not heard from the city on where taxis will be able to set up near the ballpark.
 
So for now, some companies said they'll be set up on Santa Fe Street. There's another spot near the Camino where one company plans to wait for riders. And then of course, Anthony Street will likely fill with taxis.
 
"We called the taxi companies and told them it's going to be busy, especially that first Monday, and they were like, 'Oh we already know.' They are on top of it, too. They want to make money, I'm sure," said Owen.
 
Mark Sanchez works in the Union Plaza area. He said he and his co-workers are looking forward to the season, even if there's some congestion.
 
"It's going to be a lot of traffic, but it's going to be a lot of fun," said Sanchez.

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