Birmingham prepares for BBVA Compass Bowl fans

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Football fans from Kentucky and Pittsburgh begin trickling into Birmingham this week for the BBVA Compass Bowl.

On Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council will vote on a contract with ESPN Regional TV to spend $200,000 this year and next. $300,000 the next two years to help market the bowl game held every year at Legion Field.

Birmingham businesses are getting ready for a big rush for the game. The restaurant "Fuego" is located along a pre-game parade route on the south side and expecting a lot of customers. Employees will work double shifts and Fuego will have a limited menu to get food out fast and will offer drink specials.

Managers say, past bowl games have helped them fine tune their service. "Last year it was just crazy," said Nicholas Lovoy with Fuego. "That's the best way to describe it, it was wall to wall people in here and you really could not move in here there were so many people, so it was great for business. We're definitely looking forward to it."

Lovoy says it does not matter if the teams playing in Birmingham's bowl are from Alabama. He expects many fans from Kentucky and Pittsburgh to support their teams.

This year's game between the Wildcats and Panthers is set for Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

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