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Carriage Companies say they've been sidelined by NFL Draft

Posted at 10:59 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 11:38:47-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As crews prepare to build stages for the NFL draft weekend, Nashville carriage company say they're being left on the sidelines.

"We're effectively going to be shut down," Jennifer Snyder, Sugar Creek Carriage Assistant Manager said. The carriage company usually picks up passengers at 1st and Broadway, but when road closures go into effect on Friday night, the pickup spot will be moved several streets away, to 5th and Commerce. Managers said the relocation is scheduled to last for weeks, until the NFL draft stage is torn down, and it could mean a $100,000 hit on their profits.

"People don't pre-book us the way they do the pedal taverns and things like that," Snyder said. "It's 95 percent people seeing us down on Broadway and wanting to get a ride, so not being able to go on Broadway is really going to hurt us."

"I mean its probably not even going to be worth us going down there," Snyder added.

The city says the restrictions are all about safety. Starting Friday, crews will be busy building stages and setting up the infrastructure for a historic Nashville NFL draft. The event is expected to bring $125 million in spending to Nashville.

Sugar Creek Carriage Managers hope something changes so they can get a piece of that spending.