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Anticipation high in downtown Cincinnati for Civil Rights Game

By Sara Celi – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Even as rain pounded downtown this week, Cincinnati city ambassadors were at work trying to spruce up the downtown in time for the Gillette Civil Rights Game.

"We have city crews that are out painting poles, and working to make sure the downtown looks great, we have a lot of visitors, a lot of celebrities coming in, and it's a great weekend to show off our downtown," says David Ginsburg with Downtown Cincinnati Incorporated. His group oversees the ambassadors, and it's just one of the groups excited about the large crowds expected for the game.

Over at Tazza Mia coffee shop in the Carew tower, they spent the week getting ready for the game too. Management at the coffee shop hopes a huge influx of people for the weekend festivities will translate to buzz about the business.

"We ordered some extra food, got extra coffee in, so we are sitting a little heavy on all of our items, just in case," says manager Jess Zientek.

Come Saturday morning and afternoon, the Civil Rights Game weekend kicks off, and hundreds of people will pack downtown for events that will make the whole city even more of a destination. A few of the planned events are the Beacon Awards Luncheon, the Youth Summit on Fountain Square, and an autograph signing on Sunday by the Veteran of the Negro League at the Reds Hall of Fame.

The folks who make their livelihood on downtown traffic can't be more pleased about all the activity.

"One of the things we learned is that we have a lot of famous people that will be around downtown, so we're talking it up, as much as we can with the stores, and I was just actually in a men's clothing store, and they were telling me who was coming in," says Ginsburg.

Jess Zientek agrees.

"We're just hoping for really good weather, a solid turnout for the city, and for us local businesses here downtown to support, and we are hoping that lots of people come by and check us out," she says.

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