The campus of Alderson Broaddus University may have been quiet Monday, but the college is preparing for a big year. For the first time in many years, there will be more than 1,000 students on campus this fall. And some of those will be there thanks to the brand new Battler football team's first varsity season.
"Students will see the vibrant campus that we have, want to be a part of that vibrant campus, and want to be able to stay here participate in those football games both as a spectator and who knows, and maybe that will help bring in other students here next fall," said Andrew Spohn, ABU vice president for enrollment management.
And while the university is getting ready, businesses in town are preparing too. Restaurants like Lil' Moe's in downtown Philippi are already planning for the students' return, and some extra growth from the new team.
"It's a great influx of business that comes into the area, it's great for the town, great for the community, seeing new faces, and we're excited to get them back in here and get them downtown here," said Lil' Moes' owner John Mosesso.
The campus won't have long to wait to see students back. The first members of the football team will arrive on Wednesday, and classes get underway on September fourth. But Spohn and others on campus are also looking forward to the new season starting that weekend.
"With the new football program starting up here, the first home game is on September 7th, I'm very excited to have that starting up here being a part of that wonderful campus again," said Spohn.