Thousands of music fans flock to Austin for Austin City Limits Music Fest



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Posted on September 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 15 at 10:43 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin Bergstrom-International Airport was abuzz all day Thursday as thousands of music lovers from all over the world descended upon the Capitol City for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. 

“We love live music and so we come to Austin anytime we can," said Bruce Ricker, a San Diego resident on his third trip to ACL. "For the festival it's just big. It's always good acts and I like to see a lot of the small acts, too." 
A local business called Front Gate Tickets set up a table at baggage claim number 5 on the first level of the airport so ACL attendees with wristbands could pick them up after they picked up their luggage.
More than 1,000 air passengers heading to ACL picked up their wristbands at the airport and most had no idea about the major difference between this year’s wristbands compared to those from previous festivals.
“Each wristband has a micro chip that will hopefully cut back on counterfeiting and things like that. It also hopefully gives us a chance to focus on where people are going in the park and things like that as well as when they come in and out,” said Pam Gooch with Front Gate Tickets.
According to the Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Austin City Limits Music Festival brings $73-million to Austin’s economy, the fourth most money making event in the city each year. South-by-Southwest is first followed by University of Texas football and then the Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo.
One business on South Congress is certainly looking forward to the ACL crowds which for them translates into cash.
“Our cheapest room is $80 with tax per night and I believe it's $135 during ACL but it still sells out really, really quick," said Luke Cullins, assistant manager of the Austin Motel.
The bureau also told KVUE that 53-percent of all of the ACL attendees are from out of town.
An estimated 70,000 music fans a day are expected to pack into Zilker Park Friday through Sunday.