Football classic brings in millions of dollars to Columbus

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The South Commons parking lot will be packed. Not only do fans look forward to this classic every year, businesses around Columbus do too.

Gene Grantham, sales manager at the Holiday Inn North in Columbus, said, "We go after this business a year prior to the game.  We are working on it all year.  We are trying to get business in here for the game. We know they are coming, just a matter of where they are going to stay."

This weekend is not just a competition between football teams, "it has gotten to be a competitive thing with all hotels in Columbus, fighting for that business."

For others, it was a fight at the store, stocking up for tailgating.  After getting ribs and chicken for the weekend, the Truitt family claimed their spot and started the grill.  "We have been doing this same thing for the last 20 years.  It started with my dad and we picked up the slack, so now we come out here on Thursday and we will be out here all the way to Saturday night," said Terrance Truitt.

Although they stocked up for the weekend, others will spend their money at restaurants and in hotels.

Last year, officials say 4 million dollars was spent throughout the valley area between the 50,000 people that came into town for the big game.

"Some people would literally kill to get these games in their city because it does generate so much money, it does help out smaller businesses.  It helps out larger businesses and it helps out everybody," explained Truitt.

Tuskegee-Morehouse Weekend Events:

11th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse charity golf classic. Bull Creek golf Course.
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Battle of the Bands and Greek Step Show
Doors open at 6:00pm
Show starts at 7:00pm Columbus Civic Center.  
Tickets available at : Columbus Civic Center, Ticket Master

After party at Mario's
1010 Broadway Columbus, GA

Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic Parade
9:00 a.m.
Downtown Columbus

Football Game :
Tuskegee vs Morehouse
A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium

Kickoff 2:00pm
Advanced tickets $20.00

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