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Tuscaloosa businesses expect crowd even with away game

Sugar Bowl impact on Tuscaloosa (abc3340.com)

Tuscaloosa businesses prepared for a crowd of fans despite an away Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans on New Year's Day.

People braced for the cold and started showing up to watch a couple of hours before kickoff. Fans told ABC 33/40 they were ready to put Alabama and Clemson's playoff rivalry to rest once and for all.

Businesses owners said it tends to get quiet around town while the students are on Christmas break, so early on, they weren't exactly sure how to prepare.

"With it being such a close game, you never know what you're going to get," Gallettes Bouncer Alexander Somers said, "With a short winter break, the kids might want to stay home longer."

A manager at Innisfree said they expected a good turnout after receiving plenty of phone calls asking whether or not they'd be open for the game. Their goal was to draw out the locals.

"We're expecting a decent crowd today," Bartender Drew Morgan said, "There should be a lot of people who couldn't go to the game, we're hoping. Our kitchen will be open pretty late, so that'll be a big draw. We're just hoping for a win today."

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