The Boss is coming to Central New York. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are bringing their Wrecking Ball Tour to the Vernon Downs Casino tomorrow night. Eyewitness News reporter Rachel Polansky visits Vernon and talks with residents and area business. Rachel, what can you tell us?
Vernon residents and business owners are certainly preparing for the thousands of people that will storm their small town tomorrow night. With roughly 16,000 tickets sold at the start of the week, Vernon Downs officials say this may be one of the biggest events to hit Central New York.
“They’re all stopping at restaurants, they’re all buying groceries, they’re all staying at the hotels,” says David Armstrong, Magic City Productions Marketing Director.
With the Boss coming to town, some business owners say they’re not just looking forward to his music.
“I’m hoping to do a little bit of extra business based on the people driving back and fourth to see the show,” says David Furer, Vernon restaurant owner.
David Furer owns a restaurant on Route 5, located just a few minutes away from Vernon Downs. He hopes the thousands of people will also mean thousands of mouths to feed.
“I think its good having name acts come to Vernon. If I can get 1% of them, I’ll be happy,” says Furer.
But some residents who live along Route 5 aren’t looking forward to the influx of people.
“I wanna make sure I’m home before 10 o’clock. Cars that come down Route 5 are gonna be there for hours, crawling,” says Jim Fox, Route 5 resident.
“Once you’re in the driveway, you’re in for the evening, because you’re not gonna get back out with the traffic,” says Laurie Reese, Route 5 resident.
It may not look like it now, but in less than 24 hours, this field will be flooded with people, and officials tell me this will mean tremendous amounts of money going into the Vernon economy.
“It’s alot of people that don’t usually come here,” says Armstrong.
“I think it’s great for the economy. More money definitely for the stores in Vernon, gas stations,” says Reese.
“I think it means a lot for the town of Vernon. As far as I know, it’s the biggest show in Central New York,” says Armstrong.
Now the venue can hold up to 30,000 people so if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, Vernon Downs officials say there’s still time. And $2 dollars from each ticket sold will be donated to the Food Bank of Central New York and the Veterans Outreach Center.