Monumental celebration planned for Enterprise game

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) -- Enterprise Wildcats play longtime-rival Prattville Lions Friday, but you'll see more than tackles and touchdowns at the game.

This will be a commemorative event. 100 years ago, two monuments were added to the city of Enterprise.

Both are still standing and they're being celebrated.

"Friday night is a tribute to so many things. We are excited here in Enterprise to be celebrating two centennials of our city,” says Tammy Doerer the tourism director with Visit Enterprise.

In 1919, Enterprise residents came together and created the boll weevil monument to show appreciation to the insect that shifted the focus of agriculture in the area.

To get the crowd pumped Enterprise state junior college entertainers will play a whimsical tribute to the statue.

Also in 1919, the city's oldest school opened

“It was called City School originally. It became College Street Elementary, and now it is our Enterprise Career and Technical Center,” says Doerer.

To kick off the celebration there will be a special pre-game delivery by the Army's official aerial parachute demonstration team the Golden Knights.

“It's going to be exciting to see that ball dropped in enterprise wildcat stadium from the air,” says Doerer.

The coin flip at the high school game will be a commemorative one honoring both centennials.

A section of the stands will be reserved for anyone who has attended the school or worked in this building.

Leigh Shiver, the principal of Enterprise Career and Technology Center, says it’s all for one reason.

"Honor any former enterprise students, faculty and staff members, or community members that have played an important part in our school's history," says Shiver.

It will also be Military Appreciation Night. Along with a presentation of the Alabama bicentennial tribute, the Big Blue Band will perform a salute to the armed forces.

“We are a military town so we love that fact that we are a military town. We support our troops. We support all those that have served. We're thankful and appreciative of those of what they've done and what they've sacrificed,” says Enterprise High principal Brent Harrison.

If you plan on going to the game, get there early so you can get a parking spot, a great seat and enjoy the pre-game show.

There will be a shuttle bus running between the Wildcat Stadium and Bates Memorial Stadium throughout the night.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. If you want to see the pregame show you'll want to be in your seat by 6:15 p.m., and kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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