BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — While we’re used to rain in the Binghamton area, the recent weather is becoming problematic for local businesses.
For the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, staff say the weather is affecting several aspects of the Rumbletown experience.
“We have a lot of season ticket holders who are aching to get out here in some 70 degree weather with no rain, so when it’s 38 degrees and raining, it’s harder to get those people out here,” said Binghamton Rumble Ponies Managing Director John Bayne.
He says not only are fans striking out, but also, “the people that have families to support that we employ,” saying there are more than 150 people employed.
Over at Scoopy Dooby’s ice cream shop, co-owner Mike Yonaty says business is in the red.
“I can’t tell you that there’s been a large volume of customers and I’m going to primarily say that it’s because of the weather,” said Yonaty.
He says there are many nights where they go hours without customers and often cut employees early in their shifts.
Still, hope isn’t quite lost with Bayne saying, “we’re certainly looking forward to a time when we get some dryer weather and some warmer temperatures.”