KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It may only be Thursday, but all eyes are on already on weekend activities. Not only will the Vols be taking the field in their first game of the season, but more than a quarter million are expected to pack into downtown Knoxville for Boomsday.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected, and to get ready for the large crowd, city officials and event organizers have been busier than ever. They say they will be ready for the weekend.
"We want people's experiences to be positive so we want to make sure downtown and the areas around campus are clean so flower pots, trees, tree wells, litter we want all those areas cleaned up," said City of Knoxville Director of Public Services David Brace.
Near the Henley Bridge, Pyro Shows employees are also busy. They're getting the fireworks ready for Boomsday.
"We've began loading the actual fireworks and we load them on flat bed trailers," said Pyro Shows employees Mike Walden.
Walden says the 20-minute show is completely choreographed. Workers set the shoot off times Thursday.
"They have to make sure the right shell is in the right tube, and it goes during the right point during the soundtrack," said Walden.
Boomsday is the largest Labor Day fireworks show in the nation.
"There's over 5 tons of fireworks. We figure, rough estimate, there's over 20,000 different effects in this show," said Walden.
The Boomsday fun starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Boomsday activities are along Neyland Drive at Volunteer Landing.
Visit Knoxville organizes the event. President Kim Bumpas says up to 500,000 people are expected to be in attendance. They will start setting up for Boomsday after the football game.
"Midnight on Saturday, after the game day crowd moves out, then our entire event team moves in and blocks the road off and chalking where each vendor goes," said Bumpas.
The season opener is Saturday at 6 p.m.. The Boomsday fireworks are Sunday at 9:30 PM but with hundreds of thousands of people expected to be in attendance you may want to get your spot early.
During Boomsday, 70 city public service workers will be on hand. After the show, 6 News is told it will take several hours to get the area cleaned up.