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Improving the White Water Classic

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Now that Tuskeegee and Albany State have faced off in the first ever White Water Classic football game, Phenix City leaders evaluate the weekend's events and discuss ways to improve it in the future.

News Leader 9's Tyrone McCoy has some of those ideas.

With an estimated turn out of more than 5,000, one of the biggest concerns was safety. The Phenix City Police Department says they had it all under control.

Chief Ray Smith tells me the department was able to pull from its experience working football games at Auburn University and partner with the Russell County Sheriff's Department to provide a crew of around 30 people on the ground and in the air.

Since this was the event's first year, Phenix City officials say it was more of trial and error. I spoke with several city leaders Monday, Sept. 15 who say it was a learning experience. The two biggest lessons were taught in parking and the placement of things like vendors and tailgaters. Council member Arthur Day says council is already taking those things into consideration.

"We'd probably be able to move the vendors closer together up and down Airport Road on both sides," Day adds. "That's one of the things that I see. When they made the announcement about you must move your vehicle if you're parked in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot if you don't it will be towed-- that's something we're going to have to take under consideration next year and take a look at that. Maybe we can work something out with the business owner in that area."

Still, every council member I spoke with says they've gotten positive feedback from folks in the community. While the official sales and attendance numbers are not in yet for the White Water Classic football game, it is estimated that attendance was more than 5,000 people.

Council tells me they are already working on plans for next year's game.

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