As students shut the books and don their caps and gowns, you should brace for a big weekend around Charlottesville.
Final exercises at the University of Virginia are expected to bring huge crowds to town this weekend. Hotels and restaurants are bracing for a big weekend in Charlottesville, as tens of thousands of people flood town.
It's bound to be a big weekend on the corner at UVA, and that has people like Robbie Stone, general manager at The Virginian restaurant, ready to tackle the crowds.
“You just mentally try to prepare. With all those people coming in, you have to mentally be ready,” Stone said. “As of Saturday and Sunday, it's just kind of a madhouse.”
Just down the road, one of Charlottesville's newest breweries, C’ville-ian Brewing Company, is hoping this weekend puts them on the map.
“Brewing, brewing, brewing some delicious beer...trying to get as much brew available as possible,” said Stephen Gibbs, the brewery’s owner.
Officials expect nearly 30,000 people to descend on UVA for final exercises this weekend.
“It's a lot of people in a condensed space, with limited parking,” said Lt. Melissa Fielding, a UVA police officer.
University police will work alongside law enforcement from Charlottesville and Albemarle County to ensure everything goes smoothly.
“Expect additional traffic, plan for that. Take your time and be on the lookout for pedestrians,” Fielding said.
As far as crime is concerned, police don't expect many issues, but encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly.
“There might be noise complaints, there might be some alcohol issues, but for the most part it's a fun, safe time,” Fielding said.
If you're still looking to snag a last-minute hotel, a few further out from town still have some rooms available.
Click here for UVA’s complete information on parking, inclement weather plans, and a schedule of events for the whole weekend.
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Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.Full Story
Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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