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With Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, party stores seeing increased foot traffic

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

All across the country, people will head to public gatherings for New Year’s Eve, but some Michigan State fans, like Patrick Conley, are opting for house parties.

"We're having a lot of people over for New Year's Eve,” Conley said. “We didn't want to go out this year, because of the state game. So we're going to have a lot of people over to the house.”

Conley is expecting about 20 guests to watch Michigan State play against Alabama. He says he's buying some drinks and snacks, but friends will also be bringing appetizers.

"A lot of people bring some things, a dish, to pass; but we'll have beer, wine, other snacks: potato chips, pretzels,” Conley said.

For one local party store, the big game being on New Year's Eve means lots of business.

A lot of people are planning parties, and planning get-togethers,” said Jerry Crete.

Ideal Party Store on Salzburg Avenue in Bay City has already been active, but owner Crete said he's preparing for even more foot traffic.

"This is normally a busy time of the year anyway, but with all the excitement with the bowl games, we're already seeing – the way things are trending, right now – about a 10 percent increase over last year," Crete said.

Crete is looking forward to increased sales, but he wants customers to party responsibly.  

“It's fun to celebrate, and fun to celebrate the New Year,” Crete said. “And hopefully, celebrate a Michigan State win, but I want everyone to do it responsibly and safely.”

For Conley, partying responsibly means cheering for his team.

"If not, maybe we'll ask them to leave," Conley said.

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