It's the first time in Montgomery's history to host the College Football All-Star Classic, and as kickoff inches closer, local fans are excited to watch the game in their home town, but not everyone says they are confident the game is living up to the city's hype.
“It's maybe not as big as going to Tuscaloosa or Auburn, but you get to see some players from all over the country,” Jason Smith said standing next to his son on Cramton bowl's field. “To be able to bring him out and experience different players, I just think that's great.”
“We've never really hosted an event like this so to be able to do this is a great honor,” said Christopher Rose, who works at Sa-Za Italian restaurant in downtown Montgomery.
All week long, there's been a number of open NFL style practices, and team appearances. The teams, Stars and Stripes. are staying in downtown Montgomery at the Renaissance Hotel, in hopes to boost business in the area.
But not everyone is sold the game is meeting all the expectations set forth by the city last May when it was announced.
“I don't think its being treated as a big deal,” Sherina Sandoval said, she works at Dreamland BBQ. “I think its kinda just another game, just because it hasn't really been that busy here.”
“I drive through downtown going to Maxwell Air Force Base every day and to and from I haven't noticed any increase in traffic,” Brian Duplessis said.
Saturday's game is the first of a three year contract for the All-Star Classic, and the verdict won't be in until kickoff.
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says it's up to the River Region to support the city's decision, and hopefully give the All-Star game a reason to stay here.
Tickets are still available at the Cramton Bowl box office, starting at $20.
The game will kickoff at 2 p.m. (CT) and will televised on the CBS Sports Network.