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Tornado means few game day changes for Tuscaloosa

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Tuscaloosa say they're ready for a flood of football fans this weekend just four months after a killer tornado wiped out large sections of the city.

Roads leading to Bryant-Denny Stadium are open and no parking lots are closed. No fan hotels were badly damaged and only a few restaurants were destroyed by the twister that's blamed for 50 deaths on April 27 and in the weeks since.

Mayor Walt Maddux is expecting a crowd of between 130,000 and 150,000 people for Saturday's game between Alabama and Kent State, and he says the city is ready.

City officials say as many as 27 storm survivors still living in hotels could be displaced temporarily by fans, but they're working with relief agencies to help out those people.

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