ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University fans can expect a very different homecoming week this year jam packed with events for the whole family.
University alumni have packed hotels, and city leaders are asking the public to join together and support ASU by showing your blue and gold as we celebrate 20 years of growth after the flood of 1994.
Albany State University's homecoming week kicked off Monday afternoon at the Veterans Park Amphitheater.
The theme for homecoming is "Still We Rise".
The University is celebrating the restoration of its campus in the two decades since the Flood of 1994.
"The community was devastated and the university was devastated and so it is the right thing to do," said Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. "I feel really really great and excited about it."
The mayor says this years event is bigger and better than any in the past, and it took two years of planning to make it happen.
"It's over $4 million [in] impact for the city of Albany," said Rashelle Beasley. "Our hotels are already full, so everyone is gonna benefit from this great economic impact that we have here."
Businesses and residents are asked to join in the weeks celebration and show blue and gold pride.
Still We Rise homecoming events are going on all week all over Albany.
The homecoming parade runs through Pine Avenue on Saturday and the homecoming football game kicks off at 2 p.m.
You can see the calendar of events at www.asurams.edu.