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Businesses optimistic about Thunder Over Louisville crowds

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Science Center will become a hot spot for Thunder Over Louisville fans Saturday. As in years past, the museum's indoor and outdoor space is available for those who buy a ticket.

"The view out here -- we can hold 5,000 people, and everybody has a great seat," said Director of Business Operations Mike Norman.

But with the event happening about two weeks earlier than last year, Norman says sales have lagged.

"We're running a little bit behind of last year's number, at the same point," he said. "I think that the earlier week and spring break just being last week, has thrown a few people off."

Norman believes there will be a spike in sales though, thanks to the forecast.

"Weather is huge, it's a drawing point," he said.

Bearno's Pizza owner George Timmering shares that sentiment. He says this year's Thunder could bring up to 20 percent more business through the door with high temps and sun.

"We open up early and we stay open late, so there's a lot of traffic all day long, so we look forward to just a huge day," Timmering said.

City officials know it will be a huge day. Police are beefing up their numbers thanks to violent acts in Waterfront Park and downtown on March 22. Timmering doesn't think security concerns will keep many people away.

"It's been part of our city for a long time, and we can't...we can't let people mess with our traditions and our big events," he said.

Across the river, Cluckers is hoping to bring people further east on Riverside Drive.

"Upstairs are full, downstairs, we're starting to fill up, and then we'll have reservations probably on the patio also," General Manager Mark Strifler said.

Even with last minute planning, the place is expected to be at capacity.

"They're gonna get good food, good atmosphere -- they're gonna be safe," he said.

Cluckers has hired security for Thunder Over Louisville. The Science Center says their property will be gated off and also have security guards.

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