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Mt. Pleasant To Swell To 3X Its Size With First Big 10 Game

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The Central Michigan University campus. (Central Michigan University photo)

The Central Michigan University campus. (Central Michigan University photo)

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MT. PLEASANT (WWJ) With Central Michigan University hosting the Michigan State Spartans for a football match-up Saturday, usually sleepy Mt. Pleasant could be the busiest town in Michigan tomorrow.

This is the first Big Ten team appearance ever for CMU — whose stadium is sold out for the first time in the school’s history.

“We’re expecting an additional 20, 000 to 30,000 people to come into town for the festivities surrounding the game,” city spokeswoman Heather Smith said. “It could be the single-most populated event in Mt. Pleasant’s history.”

It could also bring in $7 to $15 million to the local economy.

“It’s just going to be busy, there’s going to be a lot of foot traffic, a lot of vehicle traffic,” Smith said. “We’re telling people if they’re not going to the game or attending game festivites it might be best to stay out of town tomorrow.”

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