DENVER (CBS4)– Super Bowl Sunday is turning into a quasi-holiday around Colorado with many businesses closing early or cutting hours so their employees can watch the big game.
Other businesses are offering incentives like the History Colorado Center where visitors can get in free if they’re dressed in their favorite Denver Broncos gear.
The Uber Sausage in Denver is cutting their hours on Sunday to allow employees to go home and watch the game.
“We are usually open until nine o’clock on Sundays but we are going to be closing at three,” said The Uber Sausage owner Alex Gschwend.
“I’m very excited we don’t have to work the Super Bowl because I just want to watch the Broncos beat the Seahawks because that’s what they are going to do,” said The Uber Sausage employee Mike Trujillo.
It’s a trend that’s happening across town from restaurants to retail.
“Honestly I don’t think there’s going to be that many customers here anyway so why be open?” said Habitat for Humanity spokesman Ryan H. Smith.
All Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations will be shutting their doors at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
“We are going to pay people for the hours even though they are not here,” said Smith.
It’s not just businesses but the Colorado Symphony Orchestra is moving its masterworks concert earlier from 2:30 p.m. to noon.
“We think that’s the right thing to do,” said Smith. “Not only to support the Broncos but it’s the right thing to do for our employees.”
While it’s not an official holiday and not everyone can take the day off work, football fans said it’s good for morale and team spirit.
“I think it’s exciting for the whole city to come together like that,” said Trujillo.
Many other attractions like the Denver Zoo and the Denver Art Museum have deals or contests going on for Super Bowl Sunday.
The Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.