Local businesses prepping for busiest weekend of the year

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 4:30pm

It's the calm before the storm.

This weekend more than 90,000 football fans are expected to descend on Bryan-College Station to see the biggest game of the year.

And while 90,000 people is a lot Shannon Overby, executive director of the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, says that number doesn't even include the 30,000 expected fans coming to town who aren't going to the game.

"I don't think anyone has seen anything yet," said Overby. "This weekend is going to be a shock for everyone. It's going to be just crazy."

And with that many people just coming to tailgate and celebrate Barry Ivins, owner of The Corner Bar in Northgate, says he and his staff have been getting ready for months now.

"We hired over 30 people additionally in August to get ready for football season and on top of that you come in make sure your AC is working, you have enough inventory and you're ready to go."

It's a weekend that Ivins says will go down in the history books for business.

"It's extremely welcomed," Ivins said. "A weekend like this is equivalent to a full month in the summer so what we did for the whole month of June is basically compared to what we can do in 48 hours."

Mark Holubec, owner of Sully's, has also been prepping for this weekend.

He hopes to see large crowds and it's already looking promising.

"We've been getting calls already from Alabama fans wanting to know if we take reservations for a table or how early do they have to get here to get a table, how close we are to the stadium," Holubec tells us. "You normally don't get those calls but this week we have."

And while every Aggie fan is hoping for a repeat victory... one thing is for certain though; whether the Aggies win or lose, local businesses in BCS win no matter what.



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