Bradley University is gearing up for a weekend of record proportions.
The campus is about to welcome more than 1,200 new students during Saturday’s move-in day.
“We are expecting more than 1,250 students and that is one of the biggest classes since the 1960s and that’s the incoming freshman class,” said Bradley University spokesperson Renee Charles.
With the influx of students, Charles says there will be more traffic on BU’s campus this Saturday as parents and new Braves unpack their bags.
“You can expect major changes in traffic patterns. From interstate 74 all the way up University until Main St., you can probably expect some delays,” Charles said.
Charles says the bulk of movers will flood campus from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. University officials will be present a majority of the day.
“We will have several hundred students that are here to help; physically meet you at your car and carry stuff up to room,” Charles said.
Charles said Bradley has been in contact with local neighborhoods and businesses, giving them notice of move-in day and added traffic.
Elizabeth Dwyer owns The Fieldhouse Bar and Grill, located on Bradley’s campus. She says her team is ready for the big crowds.
“We are making sure we are staffed up all the way,” Dwyer said. “We are actually opening for brunch on Saturday.”
Dwyer says her business sees about a 25 percent increase during the school year, with students and faculty back on campus.
Charles says there’s a lot of optimism around the faculty and staff over the record incoming class.
“Of course it is a challenge when he have this many students on campus,” Charles said, “but we are excited.”