Baseball, concert make for a busy night in downtown Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Thursday was a busy night in Downtown Birmingham. People were either taking in a concert over at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex or watching the Baron’s start their season. More people downtown means more money being spent.

Lots of people crowded into Uptown Thursday night. Kenny Chesney is in town for a concert a the BJCC. Hours before the show, folks were already out and enjoying the town.

“Birmingham is beautiful. Alabama in general is fantastic. It’s warm, much warmer than home,” laughed Nicole Brown. Home for her and her family is Nova Scotia. The family is on a 10-month trip and stopped in Birmingham.

“We saw a billboard for Kenny Chesney’s concert called up and decided to get some tickets,” said Brown. Those big name concerts can mean big business for the restaurants in Uptown.

“The streets are basically flooded. I mean, the parking lots are flooded. Every restaurant around here is flooded,” said Zaid Folami, the assistant manager at Mugshots Bar and Grill. The restaurant brings in extra staff for big events in town.

“We have to prepare for it, because if we don’t, we get hit hard,” said Folami.

Fans packed into Regions Field to catch the Baron’s in action. Their season opener drew thousands downtown.

“I moved here almost three years ago,” said Matthew Perrault.

“I love baseball, so this is the closest thing I can get besides the Braves,” continued Perrault. Whether they come from down the street or another country, visitors say they’re enjoying the busy nights downtown.

“I think its beautiful,” said Brown.

“It gives people all sorts of different options,” Brown continued.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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