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As NFL Draft stage takes shape, Broadway businesses prepare for busy weekend

Posted at 7:20 AM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 11:37:20-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Country music competed with the clanging of construction at Broadway and First Ave. on Sunday afternoon, as crews built the main stage for this month's NFL draft.

"There's a lot of stuff going on down there," Hunter Gooch said from a few streets away at Betty Boots.

The Broadway boot store is near the intersection of Broadway and Fourth Ave. He said he's already getting questions about the draft setup.

"We get a few people asking," Gooch said with a laugh.

The longtime Nashville resident said even for a street that's no stranger to major events, this project is something crazy.

"I've never seen something like this, this big, and on this big of a scale this early on," Gooch said.

And he said that means big preparations for the store too.

"Our number one focus is getting as many styles, as many sizes as we can stocked up so we are able to supply everything to the customers that come in... The second or third day is probably going to be where people start buying stuff non-stop, I'm expecting probably a thousand people every day to come through the door."

Experts estimate the draft will bring 300,000 people to the Nashville area and will have a nine-figure economic impact.

"I think it's definitely going to be worth it all in the end," Gooch said.

You can find a full list of NFL Draft road closures here.