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12/27/06-Longview

East Texas Hotels See Boom From Independence Bowl

Thursday is the Independence Bowl in Shreveport where the Oklahoma State Cowboys will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide, bringing with them tons of fans. And that's to some East Texas cities' advantage. Longview and Marshall hotels say they've booked dozens of rooms for bowl fans and that's much welcomed business.

Randy Blackshear, Guest Service Representative at the Hampton Inn in Longview, says, "we've got about 45-50 more than likely, with multiple people in each room, you know looks like a lot of families are coming down for the game, bringing their families, mainly Oklahoma state fans, we're a little bit close to Oklahoma than Alabama."

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com.

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