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Bristol businesses prepare for the Battle at Bristol

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The centerfield logo for The Battle At Bristol is completely painted and roped off Monday, September 5, 2016. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL) The centerfield logo for The Battle At Bristol is completely painted and roped off Monday, September 5, 2016. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)
The countdown clock for the Battle At Bristol in Downtown Bristol depicted here on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Bristol is expecting an influx of shoppers and diners for the Battle At Bristol football game on Sept. 10. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL) The countdown clock for the Battle At Bristol in Downtown Bristol depicted here on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Bristol is expecting an influx of shoppers and diners for the Battle At Bristol football game on Sept. 10. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)
The sign marking the divide between Bristol, Tenn., and Bristol, Va., on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Bristol is expecting an influx of shoppers and diners for the Battle At Bristol football game on Sept. 10. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL) The sign marking the divide between Bristol, Tenn., and Bristol, Va., on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Bristol is expecting an influx of shoppers and diners for the Battle At Bristol football game on Sept. 10. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)
BRISTOL, TN -
Businesses in Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA are bracing for what could be the busiest weekend they have seen in nearly a decade.
A crowd of at least 150,000 is expected to witness the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol football game between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech on Saturday, while thousands more are expected to attend the Kenny Chesney concert at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday.
"To be honest with you, I am a little nervous, because that's a lot of people," said Joe Deel, owner of Burger Bar in downtown Bristol, Va.
"It will be a different crowd. I feel it's going to be a lot younger. I have been to many UT football games, so I know it's going to be wild."
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