Bristol businesses prepare for the Battle at Bristol
Officials expect the game to have a $126 million economic impact on the entire Tri-Cities area.
Tuesday, September 6th 2016, 9:23 AM EDT by
Tuesday, September 6th 2016, 9:29 AM EDT
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."