Albany - - Albany State University's Homecoming week is in full swing. Soon, some 25,000 people will be headed to Albany to celebrate at the big game against Morehouse College Saturday.
The homecoming festivities are already underway and businesses are looking forward to the extra crowd.
Gospel music filled Albany State's campus Monday night for the school's annual Gospel Showcase. Students clad with school spirit were pumped about the start of ASU's Homecoming.
The students aren't the only ones excited.
"This is my 3rd homecoming," says Henry Stern of Maryland Fried Chicken.
Businesses are getting ready to cash in on the extra crowds that are coming to town.
"We have to staff a little bit. We'll order a good bit extra food and everything. It's nice for us," Stern says.
He says homecoming traffic is always welcomed because of the extra sales he'll make.
"Probably about 15 to 17 percent increase."
At Odyssey Record Store, employees have decked the store with blue and gold.
"Albany state paraphernalia, we have tickets, we have car flags, we have t-shirts, everything," says Owner Gilbert Udoto.
Udoto says he had long lines last year this time and he's expecting the same this weekend.
"Everybody in Albany is going to be swamped. We have thousands of people flooding the city," he says.
25,000 to be exact. Some downtown businesses are decorating their facades with ASU spirit to embrace them. The city of Albany is officially welcoming the event that leaves a 3 million dollar economic impact.
"This is like Christmas. This is the biggest thing in Albany," Udoto says.
A reason to sing - not only for the students - but for all those who will benefit from this high note called Homecoming.
Tuesday, the school will hold an ASU Idol Competition. Then on Wednesday night, there will be a Costume Skate Party at Stardust. Thursday, there will be a faculty iron chef competition.
Then On Friday, the school will hold it's annual Homecoming Convocation followed by a pep rally. And a "Rip the Runway Fashion show" will follow on Friday evening.
The big Homecoming parade takes place Saturday at 9 AM on Pine Ave, followed by the Big game against Morehouse college at 8 PM. A step show will culminate Homecoming on Saturday night.