NC State’s home opener, Hopscotch Music Festival, expected to draw big crowds to Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — After a narrow win over East Carolina last Saturday, NC State returns to Carter-Finley Stadium for its home opener Saturday against Charleston Southern.

“Gameday is going to be absolutely crazy. We’re going to open early tomorrow, and there’ll be a line out the gate before and after the game. But it’s going to be a great environment. Lots of Red Wolfpacks, everyone’s rooting for the pack said Joe Lumbrazo, co-owner of Backyard Bistro.

The restaurant and bar, located directly across from Carter-Finley Stadium, is doubling staff this weekend for the NC State game and the NFL’s first Sunday.

“We’ve tripled our order of chicken wings. We’ll probably go up to 600 pounds of chicken wings on Sunday,” Lumbrazo said.

Still, they’re looking to add more staff, a common sentiment among restaurateurs.

“It’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be good, the right kind of crazy. It’s what we want, it’s what we live for,” Lumbrazo said.

Elsewhere in Raleigh, more than 450 bands will perform in Raleigh between Thursday and Sunday as part of the Hopscotch Music Festival, which has main stages set up in Moore Square and Fayetteville Street.

“It’s awesome. It’s fun. Raleigh is a great scene, the music, the beer, everything. My crew and I have all lived in this area for a long time, so it’s great to see,” said Scott Mizera , who was watching his friend Ryan Thompson perform a set at Boxcar Bar + Arcade on West Davie Street early Friday afternoon.

“It’s good to have excitement, energy, to be with people and to enjoy music together,” added Jill Grifenhagen.

We met Grifenhagen outside Slim’s Town Center on South Wilmington Street, one of fourteen bars taking part in the Day Party series on Friday afternoon.

“We want venues to survive. So getting people out is important, but also people who love music. It’s just good to bring people together and be able to enjoy it. Certainly nothing like live music” , said Grifenhagen.

Mizerak works as a regional sales manager at Foothills Brewing, which sponsors some of this weekend’s performances.

“If you’re in this city, they get our product, and then they go back to Wilmington, or they go back to (the) Triad, or Charlotte, they’re more likely to pick it up,” Mizerak said.

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