Created: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:32:00 EST
Updated: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:49:32 EST
Hundreds of people gather in Mercer Village Friday to start the party before Macon's most anticipated football game in decades.
Students and the Middle Georgia community are preparing for the long awaited return of the bears going back to the gridiron, 72 years after the fact.
"It's just one big party with our college family," Mercer student Carolyn Dishburger said.
With the DJ spinning tunes, many came out to enjoy the activities, grab orange cotton candy and snow cones as well as meet the football team, who are also looking forward to resurrecting the program.
"It's more than a game it's bringing about tradition to the community so I'm beyond excited," John Tipton said.
However, before the activities in Mercer Village began, Mercer Alumni and others gathered on campus for the dedication ceremony for the newest addition to the university, Cruz Plaza. The park like area features fountains, a brick walkway and new landscaping. It takes what some say a previous eyesore and making it a beautiful gathering area.
"I remember as a student it would've been a nice place to have done after school studying here,” alum Dale Gonzalez. “So I think having a relaxing atmosphere just to study will enhance the ambiance here."
A fireworks show at Tattnall Square Park closed out the night’s activities. The football game will kick off at 6 p.m. on Saturday.