Wolverine, Tide fans roll into North Texas



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Posted on September 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 1 at 1:30 PM

ARLINGTON - The RVs are parked, and fans have been pouring in from across the country into the Texas heat.

“It’s hot out here!” said Keri Kirk, from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

She’s one of the thousands of visitors who flocked to Arlington for the football game between Alabama and Michigan Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium.

The two powerhouse teams are set to square off in front of a national audience, hoping for victory. Either way, the City of Arlington stands to be a big winner.

“Tourism dollars flowing through Arlington is definitely a good thing,” said Decima Cooper, a spokesperson with Experience Arlington.

Jim Edmunds, the general manager at Boomer Jack’s Grill on South Collins Street said bring on the crowds.

“This will be our busiest weekend of the year,” he said, as patrons began filling his restaurant.

Edmunds expects they will triple their business this weekend. And much of the money from out-of-town visitors is going into local pockets.

Edmunds said to handle all the weekend business, he’s doubled his staff.

Coming to Texas was a no-brainer for die-hard Wolverine and Crimson Tide fans.

“We had it planned for two years, since it got on the schedule," said Amy Coehn, who flew in from Montgomery, Alabama. "We knew Bama was gonna be coming, and we were going to make it happen.”

In an article written by Darren Rovell for ESPN.com, this game ranks second among college football games as the most expensive tickets this year. According to TiqIQ.com, the average price for a ticket is nearly $600.

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