"This is the first time I've been here but my fiancée is on her way and she loves country music and she always wanted to come to Nashville," Andrew White, a North Carolina State fan, told Nashville's News 2 Sunday.
Vanderbilt fans are also planning to attend the Bash on Broadway.
"We've been this close but never come down [to Music City on New Year's Eve]," Tom Thompson of Crossville told Nashville's News 2, adding, "it's a good reason to be here."
The countdown to Midnight for the music note drop and fireworks begins at 7 p.m.
The Fray, Sixpence None the Richer, Love and Theft, Striking Matches and Lennon and Maisy Stella of the hit show "Nashville" are all set to perform.
Nashville is hoping 2013 is its year. Neither the guitar in 2010 nor the music note in 2011 made it all the way to the ground. Both were stuck somewhere between 20 seconds and Midnight.
Jonathan Hammel's company "Made First" heads the drop each year and says 2012 will be different.
"This year we're using a different motor and the control is a whole lot better this year," he said, adding, "It's a computerized system. It's pretty much foolproof."
Hammel told Nashville's News 2 the crew practiced the drop an estimated 15 times Sunday night.
"After rehearsal last night, it came down every time we practiced and this year, the guys at Five Points Rigging are responsible for the automation and those guys do a great job and it'll come down," he said.
Programs like the Davidson County Sheriff's Office's Sober Ride and AAA's Tow to Go will make it easy for partygoers at the annual Bash on Broadway to get home safely this New Year's Eve.
Beginning at 11 p.m. Monday, sheriff's office employees will pick up party-goers in need of a ride on the corner of 6th and Broadway or Demonbreun.
The free service will continue until 3 a.m. Tuesday. Drivers will only take people home or to a hotel in Davidson County, not to another party or bar.
More than 100 sheriff's office employees and volunteers took 850 people home last year.