NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Nashville is ending 2019 on a high note. The city hosted the Franklin American Morgage Music City Bowl Monday and will host thousands to ring in the new year Tuesday.
On Monday, Mississippi State and Louisville fans from all over descended to Music City for its 22nd annual Franklin American Mortgage Music City bowl.
There was plenty of free fun for everyone of all ages at the Fan Zone at Nissan Stadium. It opened at 10 a.m. and closed at 9 p.m. Gary LeVox, of Rascal Flatts fame, hosted and headline the “Black Tie Country Concert Series.” Craig Campbell and Parmalee are also on the lineup.
College football fans say it was a real treat.
"It’s really fun, it’s nice to be able right after Christmas before New Year come down together celebrate both teams; have fun, enjoy Nashville," said Josh Tenerowicz .
Tenerowicz and his fiance Alena Colborn say they were having a blast even though they cheer for opposite teams, but they say the real winner is the city of Nashville.
"It’s really fun that everyone just ends up coming here and all these people from all over the country end up coming to Nashville and have a great time. It’s awesome for the city and for us and for the economy. It’s really cool to see people come here and enjoy the town," Tenerowicz.
There were more than 46,000 people in attendance at the bowl game and there will be an even larger crowd coming New Years Eve; the City is expecting a crowd of 200,000 people to ring in the New Year at Music City Midnight.
"When we say people come from all over the world, it’s literally all over the world," said Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
Metro Police says they will have several hundred officers around the Bicentennial Mall to keep you safe. The Music Midnight New Years Eve celebration will kick off Tuesday at 4p.m.