Restaurants, Bars on the Corner Prepare for NCAA Final Four Game
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - People all across Charlottesville are busy preparing for Saturday night's big game.
Some bars and restaurants on the Corner will be letting everyone in to watch the game, while others will have to pay.
Bar owners and the surrounding police departments agree that putting certain restrictions in place are in the interest of everyone’s safety.
“We're all really excited because we love the ‘Hoos," Kirsten White, the manager of Boylan Heights, said.
Restaurants in Charlottesville are preparing for all those fans who are eager to watch the University of Virginia take on Auburn in the first NCAA Final Four game in 35 years.
“It’s been crazy,” Kevin Costello, the general manager at Asado Wing and Taco Company, said. “All the students are having a good time, and it’s been really awesome to witness something like that."
Because large crowds are expected, Charlottesville police will limit some parking and close two streets in the area of the Corner on Saturday, April 6.
“We will have extra resources,” Tyler Hawn, the Charlottesville Police Department’s spokesperson, said. “This is a joint effort from local and state partners, from Albemarle County police, UVA, state police, and other outside agencies."
With safety in mind, some bars on the corner are being proactive about crowd management.
“We are also very excited that the city has decided to close a couple of streets to make sure that the crowds that are outside have a really safe space to be,” White said.
White says Boylan sold tickets for $35, and it sold out in under an hour.
“Just in order to keep our crowd a more intimate and enjoyable experience and keep things under capacity,” White said.
Asado is the new bar on the Corner. Costello says seats will be first-come, first-serve as they get ready for their first experience with large crowds.
"We just kind of want to give people a chance to come in and hang out and just watch the game,” Costello said. “We'll have a projector in the front, we'll have some TVs in the back."
Restaurant workers and police say they're doing what they can to ensure everyone has fun, but also that everyone makes it home at the end of the night.
"I think it’s going to make things a lot more enjoyable and safe for our employees, for our patrons, for other passersby, so I think it's a really good call,” White said. “I'm excited to see how it goes."
“We want them to celebrate and have fun cheering on the ‘Hoos, but we also want them to do that safely,” Hawn said.
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