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6:16 PM, Jan 6, 2013   |    comments
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(KSDK) -- With nearly half the season already tossed out, today's deal was well received by many around St. Louis.

"There's nothing like going to a live hockey game and seeing live action hockey...just what it brings: the excitement, the people around you," says Joey O'Farrell.

An avid St. Louis Blues fan, he says he couldn't be happier the lockout is over and hockey is on its way back to the Scottrade Center.

"When baseball season ends, as a St. Louis hockey fan, you just go straight into hockey. I'm ecstatic about the Rams, but to me hockey is everything in St. Louis besides baseball."

O'Farrell works at Maurizio's Pizza just a few blocks away from Scottrade. His manager, Sean Stanton, says they opened the location on Tucker in August and were banking on hockey season.

"The location was picked with the hopes that we'd have baseball traffic, hockey traffic, concert venues and stuff," Stanton says. "In the winter time, St. Louis is kind of slow sometimes and without hockey it made it tough for a lot of people around here I think."

We caught up with a few hockey fans as they walked out after playing their own game inside Scottrade Center. The consensus was that a 113 day lockout was long enough, and they're relieved that it won't hit 114.

"I'm totally enthused and ready to come watch the Blues play," says Daryl Broxterman.

"I'm just glad to get it over with. Seems like they didn't really accomplish much over the last three months. But it is what it is," adds Mike Austin.

Joey O'Farrell says he's confident fans won't hold the lockout against the Blues.

"I don't think there's going to be a problem since the season's only half over. I think fans are a little bitter about it, but I think fans will come back quicker than they would if the whole season was cancelled."

And he believes business will do well.

 

 

KSDK

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