World Cup boosts business at local pub

World Cup boosts business at Peoria pub

By Chris Lovingood

June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Fox Pub in Peoria was packed with people cheering on the USA team as it played its first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Matt Rixner, The Fox Pub owner, said he's glad to see a higher attendance than normal during the cup.

"June and July are usually the slower months for us with everything going on," said Rixner. "It's nice to have the extra influx of business."

The English-themed pub opened in 2009, just a year before the World Cup in South Africa.

Mike Cheesman is Rixner's dad and used to run the pub. He sold the place to Rixner and his wife last year.

He said he likes the hype people bring when watching a match.

"I think the atmosphere is great," said Cheesman. "As you can tell by the fan base the US has got, they've got a great team. What I like about it is we're all crazy in here."

Cheesman is originally from London.

People have traveled from as far as Havana, Illinois to watch the match between the USA and Ghana.

Those who came said it's the camaraderie they look forward to.

"You're with a bunch of people, you don't know them," said Ryan Sehring. "But you're all cheering for the same team. It feels great. It's more of a sporting environment."

The Fox Pub isn't usually open on Mondays, but Rixner made an exception.

And he will make another one next Sunday when USA plays its second game.

U.S. won the game against Ghana 2 - 1.