Sports fans quickly claim seats before kickoff - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Sports fans quickly claim seats before kickoff

Restaurants and bars prepared extra staff in advance of Sunday's expected Super Bowl crowds. Restaurants and bars prepared extra staff in advance of Sunday's expected Super Bowl crowds.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Hundreds of miles from MetLife Stadium, site of this year's Super Bowl, fans across the Tennessee Valley are gathering in homes, restaurants and sports bars ready to enjoy the big game.

At Brick House Sports Café in Huntsville, sports fans had to arrive early Sunday to claim a good spot in view of the television. Workers there said they expect a standing room-only crowd to come in the doors to watch the Super Bowl and made sure to schedule a lot of bartenders.

"Come early and stay for awhile," advised bartender David Wagner. "Don't get up. That's the best advice I can give."

Some sports fans arrived hours ahead of even the pre-game show to get a good spot. Some of the "pros" have their own advice to pass on. "Standing room only is terrible, so you gotta get there early and start hydrating on something other than adult beverages so you can last the whole game and have a good, comfortable spot," said Jake Wiley.

Brick House closes at 10 p.m., but staff said if the game is still in progress, they will stay open as well.

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