Thousands pack ASU Acadome for inauguration party

Montgomery, AL (WSFA) -- Three thousand people cheering for change. Alabama State University's Acadome - bustling with activity as faculty, students and locals came together to celebrate something long awaited.

"It's amazing to actually see this happen," says ASU student, Aresha Thomas.

For Thomas, her first chance to vote is one she'll never forget.

"Something like this that could actually happen? And you wouldn't believe it. I'm part of it. I voted and I'm happy."

Fellow students say it's a chance to see history in the making.

"For Barack Obama to be in office, it's something people have been waiting for ever since the name came up.  And people were saying he finally has a chance to really do something," says ASU student, Jason White.

"I am so elated. Actually I don't think elated is a great enough word. I don't think there is a word in the dictionary to describe how I feel. I'm 18 and the first time I voted in life, a black man was elected president," says ASU student, Shannon Brown.

Some students anticipate a long night ahead.

"I know I won't get any sleep tonight. Everybody in my whole dorm is just gonna be wide awake just talking about it," says one ASU freshman.

Talking about something that now gives Aresha Thomas confidence.

"It lets me know that I have a chance. I have a chance to make it.  I have a chance to be what I want to be."

Reporter: Melissa McKinney