BRIDGEPORT — All the action Saturday stayed at the Webster Bank Arena — at least until midafternoon, when the NCAA basketball double-header let out.

After the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team stomped Mississippi State 98-38, only a lonely few of the thousands of fans ventured into downtown Bridgeport rather than stay at the arena to watch the University of Texas beat UCLA.

But a few people skipped the game altogether, opting instead to head out for a bite to eat or stop at the city’s “Fan Fest” at the Arcade Mall on Main Street.

“We have been here since 11 a.m. and we’re here to 5,” said Samantha Mauro, the general manager at Tiago’s Bar and Grill, who served refreshments throughout the day. “We’ve had maybe a handful of people. We’re waiting for the games to get out to get more.”

But even in the early afternoon, several dozen children and parents milled about the courtyard, eating pizza, having their faces painted and listening to DJ Bongo Joe and Off the Hook.

“We didn’t see the UConn game, but I’m from Syracuse, so we’re really proud,” said Tracey Titus.

The Orange were slated to play the University of Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday.

Titus said the more games played in Bridgeport, the better.

“I think it’d be a good thing — it’s not enough now for the community,” she said.

Around the corner at the Barnum Publick House, things were still pretty quiet in the midafternoon, but the staff was anticipating a busy dinner crowd.

Bartender Justin Keesler said they were expecting a rush after the second game, and had prepped for a big lunch just in case.

And the games bring in lots of reservations.

“We’re full Monday: they have another UConn game,” said Keesler. “We’re full for the evening.”

Keesler said over the last year, the restaurant has had to staff up during both men’s and women’s games, and that fans will sometimes wander in throughout the season to watch games on the flat-screen televisions over the bar.

Amy and Mitch Eisenberg, their daughters, Samantha, Emma and Rachel, and friends Stephanie Frazao and Kaitlin Gillard enjoyed a meal and a drink at Barnum rather than sit for the second game.

“We could’ve had a hot dog, but we came here instead,” joked Amy.

Frazao, Gillard and Samantha and Emma Eisenberg are all UConn grads, and Rachel Eisenberg is currently enrolled there. The group came in from Fairfield, Torrington, West Hartford and New York for the game, and said they were likely going to come back for UConn’s Monday game.

“It’s exciting to have it in Bridgeport,” said Mitch Eisenberg. “It was over in the first two minutes. But that’s just UConn. They’re a well-oiled machine.”