Broadway businesses brace for NFL Draft crowds

Posted at 9:19 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 23:17:35-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Business along Broadway spent weeks getting ready for the NFL Draft weekend, but some said they're still having trouble keeping up with massive crowds.

"I'm getting my [expletive] handed to me," Warren Vaughn, who sells hot dogs at Fourth and Broadway, said with a laugh on Friday afternoon.

Leading up to the event, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. estimated 100,000 fans would attend NFL Draft events each day, but Thursday night, NCVC officials announced 200,000 fans were on hand for the first round of the draft.

"The other night we didn't stop for about six hours," Vaughn said. "We usually do about 1,000 (hot dogs) a night, but like I said, we done like 1,700 last night. I love it but it's crazy!"

That crazy scene continued across Broadway at Savannah's Candy Kitchen.

"It's just been non-stop," General Manager Rick Wallace said Friday afternoon. "Already today we're almost to 5,000 people...probably three times, four times more than we're accustomed to."