STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Southeastern Conference football is back in action on Saturday. Mississippi State University is traveling to Baton Rouge to take on the defending national champions, LSU.
With college football comes the threat of large crowds, but the general manager of Bin 612, Aaron Martin, is bracing for impact.
“We’re expecting to be full with the 75% capacity restrictions," says Martin. "I still think that it’s going to be pretty busy even with the no tailgating or with the 20% stadium capacity.”
Others in the area are also anticipating large gatherings. Chief of Police Mark Ballard says for those going out to watch the games to be smart.
“As a police department, we’re going to be pushing out education as to how to do it and how to do it right," explains Ballard. "We look forward to everybody understanding that football is important in a community like Starkville.”
Although it is exciting to have college football back, Martin says its important for people to follow the guidelines so the season can continue.
“The influx of several thousand people for each of the home game weekends, it really brings a lot of business to the restaurants, the local boutiques, all the smaller businesses that rely on football season," says the general manager.
Chief Ballard says the officers want fans to enjoy college football, but his men will take action if it is needed. He says the officers owe it to the town, MSU football team, and Coach Leach to make enforcements.