GRAND BLANC (WJRT) - (09/10/2018) - The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren kicks off this week.
Already over 55,000 tickets have been sold for the 4 day event that begins Thursday.
Local businesses are gearing up for the crowd that will come with it.
With the added population visitors will need a place to park and Grand Blanc community schools are stepping up.
"The last year has really been one of excitement and two of preparation getting ready for the Ally Challenge this week," said Clarence Garner, the superintendent of Grand Blanc community school.
Come Friday thousands will be filling each and every spot of the campus as the city welcomes back professional golf for the first time in 9 years.
Garner said they'll be filling in the same role as they held during the Buick Open.
"We'll be parking cars on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” said Garner. “Friday is what we are calling our community partnership day so the students are excited there's no school in Grand Blanc on Friday but there is an expectation for our students."
The students will be able to go to the tournament for free on Friday with a paying adult. But many will stick around parking cars and raising money for school groups.
"For us it may generate anywhere from $40,000-50,000 or so over the weekend of the tournament," said Garner.
Parking will be available at the community schools campus located off Saginaw St. as well as Cook Elementary and Mason Elementary in Grand Blanc. A shuttle will be provided as well to take you to and from Warwick Hills.
Grand Blanc Athletic foundation is the group coordinating the parking and already has a plan for the money they raise from parking.
"We’re looking at turfing the inside of our high school west gym,” said Garner. He said it will benefit athletics, band and other school groups so they will be able to practice inside in case of bad weather.
But Garner says they could still use a hand parking cars.
"We have about 100 volunteers we need to fill the rest of our slots,” said Garner. “You can go to our website there is a place for you to sign up if you'd like to volunteer there's a google doc there and we could certainly use more volunteers to help park our cars over the weekend."
The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren will kick off Thursday with the Pro-Am beginning at 7 a.m. but parking will not be available at the schools that day.