Albany-- Thousands of people from all over Georgia will visit Albany this week for homecoming festivities at Albany State University. On Tuesday night, students experienced a Gospel Explosion. That boom will be felt all over the city.
These are the sights and sounds of homecoming, a little dance followed by the beat of a few drums. They're sure to draw you in.
"It's the adrenaline it gives you, the spirit you get," says ASU Senior Corrine Collier. The spirit is being felt all over Albany State's campus. Bands and dancers are getting prepared for the big homecoming game. Students, proud to call ASU home.
"I'm feeling very happy and excited to be a Ram here at Albany State," says ASU Sophomore Quenton Davis. But homecoming is about more than just fun and music. Thousands of people will pass through the gateway arch this week bringing millions of dollars to the city.
"Albany State homecoming activities have always been a boom to the economy in Albany," says College of Business Dean Dr. Abiodun Ojemakinde. It's a boom that brings thousands of people to the Good Life City each year. Dr. Abiodun Ojemakinde expects 13 to 14,000 people to make it to Albany this week. Before they leave, they'll spend money on gas, food and hotels around town.
"With that level of spending, we are expecting 2.3 million dollars," says Ojemakinde. That's just direct spending. Coupled with secondary spending, that number could reach 2.8 million dollars and it's only expected to keep growing.
"With the increase in student population, you have more parents coming, more visitors coming so it continues to grow from year to year," says Ojemakinde. But this year is the current focus for many students.
"It's nothing like wearing the blue and gold and it's homecoming so," says Davis.
They'll continue clapping their hands and stomping their feet to the spirit of homecoming but that spirit is sure to bring thousands running to catch a taste.
There will be many more homecoming activities on campus this week. The main attraction will be the game Saturday when ASU takes on Clark Atlanta University.