ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fans and organizers were preparing for Friday night's football game between Mitchell County and Albany High at Hugh Mills Stadium.
With the recent gang violence in Albany, some people were concerned about safety in and around the stadium.
Friday night football will attract a lot of people to the stadium. Mitchell County will take on Albany High.
The streets were calm and peaceful just a mile from where a 19 year-old was killed on Tuesday afternoon.
When the sunlight no longer passes through the canopy of oak trees, residents become concerned about the violence.
"The little kids around here just like gang banging, they don't like playing sports or nothing they just want to run the streets," said one resident.
Children run the streets not far from where community members go to watch a game south Georgia loves.
One man lives close by the stadium. He says he wishes he could go out and have a good time with the community to celebrate after a game.
"It can't be like that. It can't be like that with the gangbangers," said the resident.
Friday, gang unit officers and other Albany Police Department officers patrolled the streets.
"I'm glad we have security around here because we need it," said a resident.
With so many students going to the football games, a spokesman for the DCPD says they will work to keep everyone safe and that there is nothing to suggest that Hugh Mills and it's neighborhood is anything but a great place to watch football.
A statement from the school system reads in part:
Now residents say they are working together to keep the peace and keep kids safe.
"I protect these little kids around here though because we have good kids in this neighborhood," said a resident.
Neighbors say they are most concerned about the violence following the late night games.
Saturday's Monroe and Westover game will be a big one. School police wouldn't give any details about their security plans, and Albany Police say they only have officers at the stadium if school police request them.