Charlotte businesses excited for ACC contract extension

Charlotte businesses excited for ACC contract extension

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by DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 3:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The seats inside Bank of America Stadium weren't all filled, and huge black tarps even covered several sections of the upper deck.

But that doesn't stop bars and restaurants in uptown Charlotte from cheering for a contract extension for the ACC Championship Game.

"Rock and rolling all day," is how Lee Glenn, manager of Dillinger's Tap Room on Church Street, described it.  It's better than last year, too, he said.

"This one's been outstanding so far," said Glenn. "Weather's been a lot better than recent years -- great people coming through --  couldn't ask for much more."

He sees fans who come from out of town, as well as those who live in Charlotte and want to go out before the game.

Trent Corbin is one of the latter -- and he brought his family in from Virginia to watch the game and help a brother move into a new home.

They waited until the game started before finishing their meal and a drink, and heading to the stadium.

"We're eating first in hopes that we can stay warm a little bit longer, and give Duke a chance to run up the score a little bit before we go over there," he said with a chuckle.

Florida State was heavily favored to win.

When asked if he thought keeping the ACC game is a good investment for Charlotte, Corbin agreed.

This is the last year of the ACC's contract with Bank of America Stadium, but everyone involved in negotiations expects an extension.

"There is a throng of people down there having a great time here in Charlotte, and hopefully spending some money and enjoying our city," said Corbin.

The manager at Dillinger's said keeping the game just makes sense, considering how many people spend money around town when they come see it.

"I hope they stay," said Glenn.  "I think it's great because we have so many schools that's in the ACC -- that alone is great and fills it up."
 

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