Knoxville businesses prepare for early UT kickoff

Knoxville businesses prepare for early UT kickoff

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"For those who want a cold beer and a snack, we'll be open and ready to go," said Goal Post kitchen manager Craig Mobley. "For those who want a cold beer and a snack, we'll be open and ready to go," said Goal Post kitchen manager Craig Mobley.
Restaurants are banking on the majority of business coming after the Vols game. Restaurants are banking on the majority of business coming after the Vols game.
"So it is a rush, that's why we hope that new menu will help and the extra hours," said Corey Everett a manager at Downtown Grill & Brewery. "So it is a rush, that's why we hope that new menu will help and the extra hours," said Corey Everett a manager at Downtown Grill & Brewery.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Vol fans are getting ready for Saturday's game against Western Kentucky. It's the second game of the season and a home game at Neyland Stadium.

Some fans aren't too thrilled about getting up early to prepare for a noon kickoff. Some local business aren't too thrilled either.

The business owners say earlier kickoffs are not good for business, but some have adjusted their game plan to handle the earlier time.

Watching the Vols play at an early hour seems like a daunting task to some fans.

"I don't really like an early game time because I feel like it's a Saturday, and people like to sleep in on Saturdays, so nobody really wants to get up and prepare for the game that early," said UT senior Paige Fisher.

Workers at the Goal Post Tavern on Cumberland Avenue are preparing for game day a full day earlier than normal. The business will be open an hour earlier tomorrow in hopes of scraping up some extra business.

"We do open early. For those who want a cold beer and a snack, we'll be open and ready to go," said Goal Post kitchen manager Craig Mobley. 

The Goal Post and other restaurants like the Downtown Grill & Brewery say business on game day is hurt the most when Vols games start at noon. 

"Just because we don't have time on our side to get people inside, settled in, happy, and in and out," said Corey Everett a manager at Downtown Grill & Brewery. 

In an effort to lure fans early, Downtown Grill & Brewery will open at 10 a.m. The restaurant will also offer a special game day menu to fans.

"So it is a rush, that's why we hope that new menu will help and the extra hours," Everett said.

Restaurants are banking on the majority of business coming after the Vols game, but weather is also a concern as high temperatures and a high heat index are expected Saturday.

"They're not going to be thirsty for beer, they're going to go home to their air conditioning and watch another game," Mobley said.

Vol fans and businesses alike certainly aren't strangers to earlier kickoffs. The Vols' final three home games in 2012 started around noon.

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