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ASU homecoming game pumps up economy

October 21, 2005

Albany - The Albany State Golden Rams take on Benedict College in a much anticipated homecoming game Saturday, but fans are in town for more than just the game. Homecoming week is full of activities, from concerts to parties. They're ready to have fun and willing to spend big to do it!

The Cozey family files off the bus and into the Hilton hotel downtown. They came all the way from Miami to cheer on the Albany State Golden Rams, and they're not even close to alone.

"We have alumni from everywhere converging back on their campus," said ASU President Dr. Everette Freeman.

Dr. Freeman says about 20,000 fans are expected at the homecoming game. And those fans are coming to town with money in their pockets!

"It's a big, big deal," said senior Tonyka Jackson. "We spend a lot of money because we have to have outfits for different parties and occasions."

ASU students have opened their wallets at Envy downtown this week because to cheer on the Golden Rams you have to look good, real good.

"Accessories, earrings, necklaces, shoes - everything has to match," said Jackson.

Boutique owner Ana Condit is more than happy to see the eager shoppers.

"It's been great, we've had people in and out all day long looking for different outfits for all the different parties going on. There's the game, pre-parties, post-parties."

Most of the hotel and motel room are filling up. The newly opened Hilton, just a few blocks from campus, is already booked through Sunday. Restaurants around town welcome fans and their business. In all, the homecoming game is expected to pump more than $1-million into the local economy - now that's something everyone can cheer about.

Homecoming activities starts Saturday morning at 7:30 with a walk/run benefiting the Special Olympics. The big parade starts at 9:00AM and kick off is at 1:30PM.

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