PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - City leaders say they're expecting thousands to fill the stadium for the big game Saturday, Sept. 13, and getting prepared for that is a big task. If all goes well, the work will come with a hefty pay off.
Kristi Collins, Event Coordinator for the White Water Classic tells us "logistics has been a big thing for us."
Mapping out parking, tailgating and entertainment for the first ever White Water Classic football game have been the biggest logistical challenges. Ones that have taken lots of man power to work through.
"On game day we are looking to have at least a hundred people working," Collins explains.
All city employees ranging from public safety to economic development, and local businesses are also preparing for the big game.
Heather McDearmon, who works at Piggly Wiggly says "we've got plenty of soft drinks, plenty of beer, plenty of wine, snack foods and chips and you can't forget your grilling meats from the meat department and of course condiments for tailgating.
And Piggly Wiggly's even getting in on the tailgating actions.
McDearmon adds "well, you can come see Mr. Pig at the Kids Zone in the playground behind the stadium between 11 and 3."
And with an expected pay off of at least 400 thousand dollars, Economic Manager, Sean Culligan says the White Water Classic is an event for the record books.
"This is absolutely going to be a big money maker, but we're also looking to the future and how it will grow and develop from this point," says Culligan.
And the White Water Classic is much more than just football. There's a concert tonight at the Phenix City amphitheater where national recording group Jagged Edge will headline and will feature local band D.S.O.S. Tickets are $10 and the concert jumps off at 8 p.m.