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Published September 18, 2013, 10:03 PM

Downtown Fargo businesses prepare for GameDay

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It could be the biggest event Downtown Fargo has ever seen. Thousands are expected to show up for ESPN's College Game Day broadcast on Saturday.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It could be the biggest event Downtown Fargo has ever seen.

Thousands are expected to show up for ESPN's College Game Day broadcast on Saturday.

Since learning the big news on Monday, businesses have been clamoring to plan specials and early openings to bring in all those people.

ESPN's College Day will bring hordes of fans to downtown Fargo Saturday morning, and nearby businesses are not going to let the opportunity pass them by.

Jared Puttbrese, Spicy Pie: "We know it's going to bring lots of people around. Everybody downtown is really excited. We want to be a part of that."

Jared Puttbrese at Spicy Pie says they are opening earlier than ever.

They will start serving pizza, hot dogs, and beer at 8 a.m. - three hours before their normal opening time.

Puttbrese: "We'll be bringing TVs outside on the patio so people can watch the game and the broadcast as well."

Down the street, the Old Broadway Sports Zone joins the list of restaurants and bars opening at 8 a.m.

In addition to food specials, they're giving away College GameDay t-shirts to the first 200 early birds through the door.

Nate Johnston, Old Broadway: "It's a huge deal for NDSU; of course it's good for Fargo. Being that the location is downtown as well, it's going to be great for all the businesses in the downtown area."

The show broadcast starts at 8 a.m., but some fans will be showing up much earlier. Subway is trying to pull them in by opening perhaps the earliest, at 5:30a.m.

Businesses downtown had just days to figure out how to take advantage of all the activity after the location was announced on Monday.

Johnston: "Our management team has been scrambling the past couple days to make sure to get staffed up and try to put some promotions together."

Puttbrese: "It's been quite hectic, we've been all smashing our heads together to put the puzzle pieces together but we've all come to an agreement on everything we've got everything worked out, it's all coming together and we hope to put the plan in action come Saturday."

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