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Fireworks show on for Saturday

Published 11:09pm Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It may not be July 4, but the first home game for the Troy Trojans is reason enough to celebrate.

Troy University has partnered with the City of Troy Parks and Recreation Department to create a musical fireworks extravaganza following Saturday night’s game against the UAB Blazers.

The City of Troy had already paid half of the $16,000 fireworks show, so the university offered to pick up the other half of the tab, Parks and Recreation Director Dan Smith explained. The Sound of the South will also play patriotic music during the display.

“We were very appreciative that the university invited us to have the city’s firework show at the conclusion of the game,” Smith said. “It ties in nicely for that Saturday night and it is a holiday weekend, so we are hoping for a large crowd.”

Smith was told by the company contracted to shoot off Troy’s display that more than 25 shows had been canceled in Alabama due to bad weather on July 4. The company also noted that many areas, including Troy, had been able to reschedule fireworks displays for the Labor Day weekend.

Smith said he expects the show to begin between 9 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Spectators will be allowed to enter Veterans Memorial Stadium after the game to snag a seat, or they can watch from their favorite viewing location in Troy. Smith said the fireworks will still be shot from Charles Henderson High School.

“We are really looking forward to it and think it is a great concept to tie into the Labor Day weekend,” Smith said.

 

 

  • Bill_OReally

    So why not have the CITY fireworks show Friday night afterthe CITY highschool football game? Who wants to take their kids to see the CITY fireworks show around a bunch of drunk college football fans?

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  • Invictus

    Because the CITY partnered with the UNIVERSITY who is paying the other HALF of the bill for the FIREWORKS. If history is any indicator, the DRUNK college football fans you speak of will be GONE from the stadium and at home watching other teams from Alabama play. There will be MORE people at the TROY UNIVERSITY game than at the CHARLES HENDERSON game so it would stand to reason that the people would be better served by having them on Saturday night. Did I highlight all the right words?

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    • Bill_OReally

      If they had it on FRIDAY night, more TROY people would show up to support the CITY school. The only people who will be there Saturday night will be UAB and Troy State fans, 99% of which come from out of town. And that $8000 Troy State is paying for the fireworks is not even a drop in the bucket of what they receive from the city each year. If they didn’t have fireworks after the game most people would leave at half time.

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      • YouSeriousClark

        The fact that you would entertain the thought of the fireworks show after a high school game is ridiculous. To your point, why would you leave out all the surrounding high school kids who have to attend their game and only show it to the CHHS people? Thats pretty selfish of you! Not sure of your hatred towards Troy University, I guess you are not a fan of this growing city, because it would not be on the rise without our University.

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  • Bill_OReally

    The fireworks were for the city of Troy’s annual 4th of July fireworks show. The fireworks are paid for by the citizens of Troy every year. The fireworks were postponed until Labor Day because of rain.

    Charles Henderson High School is the city high school for Troy. Therefore, they should have first rights at having the fireworks since they are THE high school for the city.

    Troy State comes along and pays $8 grand and steals the fireworks show just to get people to come see an Alabama/Auburn wannabe football game. It’s lame. A football team that loses money EVERY year!

    Growing city? Wow! Troy now has 20 chicken restaurants an automatic car wash, and a Wal Mart Super Center! Thanks Troy State! Here’s a million dollars a year and all the free utilities you can use! OH, and while we’re at it, take the city’s fireworks show too!

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    • Bill_OReally

      Amazing how the Troy State football revenue numbers work isn’t it? $4,817,763.00 in, $4,817,763.00 out. That is impressive! Zero balance! I need their accountant balancing my books!

      Hey! Maybe they could start selling beer at the games and keep all the drunks from leaving at half time!

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    • Bill_OReally

      Oh wait! Troy did just get a Taco Del Mar! What’s next? Whataburger?!!! Or maybe… *gasp*….Five Guys?!!! One can only dream!

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    • Invictus

      As a citizen who has nothing to do with Charles Henderson High School, I would not be able to see them after that game. It will serve more people, whether you like it or not, to be after the college game. Get over your hate for the university and see this for what it is.

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      • Bill_OReally

        Troy State spent $8000 simply to get butts in seats. Period. And the City went right along with it.

        If you DON’T go to the game, you’ll be stuck looking for a parking place within a half mile of the stadium at 8:30 at night during the game (good luck with that!).

        Gee thanks Troy State!

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  • WYSIWYG

    Bill…I agree with you most of the time, but in this case, if it were not for the college, Troy would not have what they do now. As far as the alcohol thing, if you are fortunate enough to sit in the special boxes you can but no one else can. They tried to do this a while back and I believe mostly due to a city leader and a pastor(who is no longer here) ruined it for everyone when neither that I know even attends the games. The city leader does not even show up for parades either so it is a case of antiquated people with antiquated minds who feel their opinion is best for everyone. This is labor day weekend, Saturday night is a good night for the fireworks, if it does not violate one city leaders “smoke” ordinance.

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    • Bill_OReally

      Troy doesn’t even have draft beer. How can a college town not have draft beer? Even Newton has draft beer.

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      • Observer

        What does being a small college town have to do with draft beer? KIds come to college to learn, they are not interested in partying and drinking alcoholic beverages. We know the fraternity/sorority system and the local college are dedicated to high moral principles and go to great lengths to be sure that under-age students are not exposed to adult vices. Isn’t that why the local college provides fraternal houses on campus, so that responsible adults will be on hand to shelter the children from the evils of the real world now that they are away from their parents and high school nannies?

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  • Observer

    Troy State has fireworks at most of its home football games, so the $8,000 it is chipping in is just what it would be spending – adding the city’s 4th of July fireworks just gives them more bang for the buck.

    It would have made more sense to have the fireworks last weekend when CHHS played PCHS – two in-county schools which means the bulk of the city’s retail tax base.

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  • ballbuster

    I would like Draft beer too.

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  • letsbebetter

    @Bill_OReally

    REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You need POSITIVE thoughts.

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    • Bill_OReally

      I would be a lot more positive if I could get a nice prime rib and a Guinness on tap without having to drive 100 miles. Instead, I have to settle for chicken fingers or microwave heated “meat” from the local “steak” house.

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    • Bill_OReally

      OK, fine. I’ll go. I don’t have a ticket, but someone told me to just walk up to the tailgate area and somebody would probably shove a beer and a ticket in my hand. They said there are always plenty of free tickets being handed out there. And if y’all know me, y’all know I am all about some free!

      Go Troy State!

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