AUSTIN (KXAN) - The mountaineers are coming. The Mountaineers are coming.
Downtown Austin is bracing for a profitable invasion of West Virginia fans for Saturday's big game against The University of Texas Longhorns. As many as 10,000 or more out-of-towners are expected.
Ticket City is doing great business.
"With both teams 4-0 the excitement is electric," said owner Randy Cohen. "We've been selling tickets all year. Our inventory is starting to get down a little bit but as you know, it's not sold out until we say it's sold out, so we still have some great seats."
Two fans coming to Austin from West Virginia, Julia Abbott and Greg Comer, intend to be married Saturday outside the stadium.
"Why not? We are huge football fans and so are our friends. We wanted to do something fun," Abbott said.
According to the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, each UT home game generates an economic impact in the Capital City of $18 million. The season total runs to $100 million.
Football is not the only cash cow.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival will generate $106 million for the local economy.
In 2011, all Austin events combined generated $4.3 billion.
Saturday's match-up is only the second meeting between West Virginia and Texas. They first tangled on Oct. 6, 1956 before 30,000 fans at Memorial Stadium. The Mountaineers won 7-6.
After that disappointing season UT fired head coach Ed Price and hired the coach from The University of Washington.
His name? Darrell Royal.
Light snow flurries were reported early Saturday just north of the KXAN viewing area. Sub-freezing temperatures along with a slight chance of light snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue through Sunday morning.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered an Austin teacher in Benghazi on Thursday.
Back in June, Governor Rick Perry signed a new law officially letting teachers and students use greetings such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannukah" in school, all without getting in any trouble.
The Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell Inc., is offering some workers voluntary buyouts as it seeks to trim costs and boost productivity.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.