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Glens Falls gets ready for night of Phish

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Glens Falls Civic Center will host a Phish concert Wednesday night (NEWS10) Glens Falls Civic Center will host a Phish concert Wednesday night (NEWS10)

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - In a matter of hours, Phish fans will take over the Glens Falls Civic Center for a one-night show on Wednesday.

The jam band will return to Glens Falls Civic Center for the first time in nearly two decades on Wednesday night. And while the locals may be bracing themselves for a flood of traffic, business owners in Glens Falls are welcoming music fans with open arms.

The concert is expected to bring 7,000 people to downtown Glens Falls.

Restaurants and bars are preparing for the crowd, as are the police. Police Chief William Valenza for the Glens Falls Police Department tells NEWS10 ABC they will have plenty of officers on hand to handle the crowds.

The last time Phish was in town, they played at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center  in early July. Though the musical performances themselves received positive reviews and drew huge crowds, there were also dozens of drug arrests and even one deadly drug overdose.

"Everything is right here. We have a great fire department, great paramedics and staff at the Civic Center," said Chief Valenza. "Glens Falls Hospital is a wonderful facility. So, I think we are well prepared for it.

The concert is also seen as a boost for the Civic Center itself; as the venue announced it is losing its AHL hockey team, the Adirondack Phantoms.

The show is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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