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Downtown preparing for bowl, holiday weekend

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Things will get a lot busier downtown in the coming days as 50,000 fans are expected in town for the Music City Bowl on Monday.

But the matchup could bring in less money than in years past.

We're four days away from the 15th annual Music City Bowl. This game is particularly exciting because we've got local guys in the matchup with Vanderbilt.

While many in the city are excited to root on the home team, that's the exact reason the city could lose cash.

The players are practicing, the event coordinators are putting on their final touches and the fans are already here spending cash.

It's Day One of bowl week where the Vanderbilt Commodores, with their six-game winning streak, take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack with their potential top draft pick quarterback.

It's an odd year for the Music City Bowl. The organization is used to bringing in two out-of-town teams, but with Vanderbilt being local, they're down to one. Some are concerned Nashville won't rake in the typical $15 million economic boost.

"We want to bring in as many out-of-towners as we can and fill up the hotels," said Scott Ramsey, the bowl's executive director.

Others are optimistic.

"We're hoping for big sales and a big turnout," said Bill Hall with JoJo's Hot Dogs, which has a prime spot in the middle of everything, the stadium in plain view, and a front-row seat for the free Diamond Rio concert and Battle of the Bands.

If there wasn't already enough excitement downtown, don't forget about New Year's Eve, that's also happening on this long holiday weekend.

"It's a big weekend with a lot happening," said Hall. "In addition to the New Year's Eve celebration and all the other partygoers that come on Friday and Saturday and stay over until Sunday and Monday."

Tickets are still available for the bowl game, though on-site parking is not.

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