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October 16, 2004

Albany- The homecoming game may have been hours away when the Albany State Marching Rams paraded down Pine Avenue Saturday morning, but they were still able to get the crowd pumped.

"Can't wait to go to the game and beat Clark. We're gonna whip Clark today," says alumni Shirley Holt.

This year alumni are proud to say they will be playing on their very own home turf.

"It's exciting. It's real exciting. It gives us a feeling of belonging, something we have of our own," says Betty Thornton, class of 1969.

"The new stadium is simply wonderful. It makes us feel good because at one time when were in school we didn't have a stadium. We played at the memorial stadium. So it's gives you a sense of pride," adds Josie Malone Johnson, class of 1957.

Even those who aren't alumni say the new Albany Municipal Coliseum is something they've been waiting on for a long time.

"It exciting for all of us. It's different. Something that we're not used to so we'll enjoy it," says Petessa White.

Win or lose, ASU fans say the stadium will definitely make the homecoming game memorable.

Posted at 5:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com