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Nashville Prepares For Annual Music City Bowl

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Organizers of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl hope the wet weather forecast doesn't dampen the excitement surrounding the game.

This year the Vanderbilt Commodores will face-off against NC State on New Year's Eve. It's a game that has become a tradition in Music City.

"I think the bowl game has certainly added that excitement piece or unique piece with college football that we didn't have before we built LP field," said Scott Ramsey, Nashville Sports Council CEO.

Each year the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl attracts thousands of visitors to Nashville and especially to downtown Broadway. And with the Predators hockey team not on the ice this season more visitors are a welcome sight to many local businesses.

"We definitely look forward to having more people downtown. I know this year Vanderbilt is playing so I don't know if it will affect the amount of people downtown," said Andrew Southern of Mike's Ice Cream, a downtown shop.

Even with Vanderbilt having somewhat of a home field advantage, organizers hope their fans participate in the many scheduled activities they say will allow them to explore Nashville in a new ways.

Organizers say the timing couldn't be better.

"With the Titans playing on Sunday, the battle of the bands, concert and party downtown on Sunday night, the game on Monday and then The New Year's Eve Party on Monday night, things are busy," said Ramsey.

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