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Workers Prepare Carter-Finley for N.C. State Game, Aggie-Eagle Classic

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RALEIGH — Thousands of football fans will be in the Triangle this weekend for two exciting games. Saturday, N.C. State will meet the South Carolina Gamecocks at Carter-Finley Stadium. Sunday, a capacity crowd is expected at Carter-Finley for the sixth annual Aggie-Eagle Football Classic.

The 72nd matchup between the North Carolina A&T Aggies and the NCCU Eagles starts at 4 p.m. Sunday. But there were plenty of activities that took place before then, including a step show, golf tournament and concert.

Stadium officials are keeping an anxious eye on the weather.

"With the wind and the threat of rain, all that adds to the cleanup. Our clean up staff usually has 25 people contracted in a 24-hour period. They're going to bring 100 people to clean it in eight hours," said Ray Brincefield, of NCSU Athletic Facilities.

Officials say they will play ball, rain or shine. "No matter what happens, the ball is going up in the air when it's kickoff time," said Brincefield.

Raleigh leaders say they are ready for the onslaught of fans. "We think this is very exciting for the city of Raleigh," said Assistant City Manager Lawrence Wray. "It certainly helps our tax base because we see about anywhere from two to four million dollars coming to our tax base during this two- or three-day period of time."

An area has been blocked off just for tailgaters, and it costs an extra $5 to get in there.

Tailgaters have already started to arrive at the State Fairgrounds for the sold-out N.C. State game.

Bill Golding is one of the first Gamecocks fans to arrive in Wolfpack territory.

"Everybody's looking forward to two fine coaches, and we'll see who wins," he says.

Construction on the new nearby arena means there will be more parking available this year. But there will also be more cars.

Pops in the Park takes place Sunday evening, less than a mile from the stadium atMeredith College.