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Traffic Problems Expected at Big City Games


Lynchburg, VA - Two big events going on at City Stadium Friday night in Lynchburg and it's lining up to be the perfect traffic storm. The Hillcats take on Wilmington in the final of a three-game series at 6:05 p.m. And right next door on the football field, the rival game between E.C. Glass and Heritage kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

"We're hoping for a huge crowd tonight," said E.C. Glass Athletic Director Chip Berry.

And in comes that old saying, be careful what you wish for. Because a huge crowd can lead to a huge headache.

"These are great problems to deal with. We'll deal with these problems every year," said Perry

But both E.C. Glass and Heritage are already problem solving.

"We've made arrangements for shuttles to run back and forth for both schools to allow students, parents, etc. to park in each school's student parking lot," said Berry.

"The football fans probably arriving 6:30 or 7. Hopefully our baseball fans will already be here and parked for the baseball game," said Ronnie Roberts, assistant general manager of the Hillcats.

So for people going to see the Hillcats, getting in won't be the problem. And they know from experience. Just two weeks ago the same thing happened.

"Last time it was a problem getting folks out because cars were double parked and blocked folks in," said Roberts.

This time around police will be keeping the peace.

"We learned from that last event and we're going to be working through some issues that we discovered," said Lt. David Ragland of the Lynchburg Police Department.

Despite the traffic storm looming around Calvin Falwell Field, fans can't wait for a great night of sports.

"You can go to either venue. You can see a great baseball game and cheer our Hillcats on or you can cheer on two of the best high schools in the nation. Heck if you get in the right place in the stadium tonight you can see a little bit of football and baseball if you're on the Heritage side tonight," said Ragland.

Ronnie Roberts says this traffic nightmare is all dependent on the turnout for the Hillcats game. He says they haven't had time to publicize the game very much, and there are some other events going on around town Friday night, like Get! Downtown, that might take away from the Hillcats' crowd.

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