Troy homecoming a boost for business

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Troy, AL (WSFA) - Saturday, Troy University will celebrate homecoming, and students say it definitely isn't your average week on campus.

Troy Senior J.Q. says, "Everybody's getting really excited and getting a lot of school spirit."

And that school spirit is evident everywhere.  Students spent the week decorating banners, building floats, and performing skits, all leading up to the big event, Saturday's game.

Faith Ward, Alumni Director for the University says the crowds are already starting to take over campus.

Ward said, "There's people everywhere setting up tents and tailgate areas.  It's just a special time of the year because they know they're going to get to see friends they haven't seen in a while."

And, all those extra visitors have to stay somewhere.  Local hotels say those alumni coming to check out the campus are checking in for the weekend.

Stan Rutter, General Manager for The Hampton Inn says his rooms were booked sold for this weekend since April.

He said, "Homecoming is about the largest event that happens in Troy every year, and of course, we sell out early and have for the last six years."

While he's seen big crowds before, he says there's something special this year.

Rutter said, "The spirit of homecoming is the thing.  We just enjoy it."

And whether Saturday's outcome is a victory or not, it's shaping up to be a big win for the local economy.

The homecoming parade through downtown Troy will begin at 10:00 Saturday morning, followed by the game against North Texas.

Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m.

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