(Memphis) It’s expected to be a busy, exciting weekend in Midtown Memphis.
“I call it classic fever,” said Fred Jones, president of SMC Entertainment and organizer of the Southern Heritage Classic.
Jones is expecting more than 40,000 to turn out for tailgating and football Saturday at Tiger lane.
Just a few blocks away, organizers of the Cooper Young festival are expecting 120,000.
“We’ve been talking about it for a long time. It’s something I’ve been telling people for the last three days for the Classic you’re going to have to be patient,” said Jones.
Owner of Young Avenue Deli in Cooper-Young, Tiger Bryant is ready for the large crowds.
“This is our biggest single day of the year,” said Bryant.
“Traffic is always an issue for Cooper Young. There’s a lot of pedestrian traffic, a lot of people in surrounding neighborhoods who walk in. They realize parking is an issue,” Bryant added.
Organizers from both events have met with Memphis Police and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office about security and traffic.
“When the game lets out and such, the MPD and Shelby County Sheriff’s Department do a pretty good job. Much like a FedEx Forum event, they direct traffic away from other events going on so that it dissipates before you get an influx. They walk through, make sure there’s no pick pocketing and look for people who have too much,” said Bryant.
“You got to start early, plan early and be patient,” said Jones.