MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Patience is a virtue, especially during high school football game traffic.
Dozens of stadiums across the Tennessee Valley deal with an influx of fans every Friday night, but this year’s Madison Bowl will be an extra-special test of wills for those making their way to Madison City Schools Stadium.
“We’re expecting a huge turnout from both schools, thousands of people,” said James Clemens junior Lauren Brashear.
More than 10,000 fans are expected to attend Friday night’s football game between two the biggest high school in the state, Bob Jones and James Clemens.
Organizers have planned game day parking and traffic for weeks behind the scenes.
Thursday, members of the James Clemens JROTC with Madison Police and city officials to help fill any lingering potholes.
“Just to make sure that everything runs smoothly and according to plan,” said Brashear.
“It’s going to be very exciting and it’s going to be crowded,” said James Clemens senior Frank Herring.
With the extra-large crowd, Madison police urge drivers to be both calm and cautious on the way to and from the game.
“Make sure that you realize you’re not the only person there,” said Captain John Stringer. “You’re not the only person driving, walking or parking. There will be a lot of people crossing the street, walking down the side of the street, both before and after the game.”
Bring your patience and your manners to the stadium and you may be named MVP, most valuable “parker.”
“It’s a team sport, and I’m not talking about football,” said Captain Stringer. “Parking, driving and getting situated for these kind of things is a team sport. We’re all going there together. Let’s do it safely and let’s be as courteous to each other as we possibly can.”
The game will also a feature a Military Appreciation Night and halftime fireworks.
Kickoff is set for 7:00pm. Officials say you should plan an extra 30 minutes to navigate the crows.