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Thousands Of Fans Downtown For Music City Bowl

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 50,000 football fans made their way to downtown Nashville Monday for the Music City Bowl.

The Ole Miss Rebels took on Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at LP Field. Ole Miss won the game 25 to 17.

Downtown streets were filled with people showing off their school colors, wearing crimson and gold.

There was a concert at 1st and Broadway as part of the city's pre-game party for football fans.

Nashville vocalist Jason Eskridge will perform the pre-game concert and country trio "The Shuggah Pies" will perform a post-game concert

The games brought in people from across the country, even Canada. It was Dan MacKeigan's first trip to Nashville.

"It's a lovely atmosphere. It's a great place to spend four, or five days. In fact, we decided to extend our stay and take in the new years, and spend the rest of the week," MacKeigan said.

This year activities for the Music City Bowl game all lead up to Nashville's annual New Year's Eve "Bash on Broadway" on New Year's Eve.

City leaders hoped to capitalize on the Music City Bowl by convincing visitors to stay through the new year. That was the plan for a family from Chicago.

"This is the one bowl game that is easy to drive to in a day, plus there's a whole celebration in town, around it. So we kind of made this our destination," Rose Lajka said.

On Tuesday night, the big celebration will feature performances from Striking Matches, Brett Eldredge, and Hank Williams Jr. It all culminates with the Music Note drop at midnight.

For the visitors from Canada, Nashville made a very good first impression.

"Man, what an eye opener. We figure repeat visits are already now being planned. We want to come back and see the food, people. It's just awesome," said Dave MacKeigan.

More than 100,000 people are expected in downtown Nashville to ring in 2014 at the "Bash on Broadway."

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