YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s going to be a busy week for Youngstown as classes begin and a Grammy-winning band comes to the area.
This weekend, Youngstown State University students are moving in for the fall semester. First-year students moved in Saturday, while returning students move in on Sunday.
There was a total of 941 students who moved in Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. In total, YSU says 1,700 students will move in this weekend.
Welcome week started Saturday and runs until Sept. 2, with Monday and Tuesday scheduled for the freshmen IGNITE program.
Also Saturday, the official ribbon cutting for the brand new bookstore took place. President Jim Tressel, along with some students and Pete the Penguin, cut the ribbon to officially open the Barnes and Noble bookstore to the public. The first floor is packed with Penguins gear and complete with a Starbucks café in the back. The second floor is where students pick up their textbooks for the semester.
Classes begin this Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Every year, the university works to raise its enrollment numbers and encourage local students to not just commute to class, but to live on campus.
In May, YSU handed out its largest number of diplomas in more than 30 years. It was the biggest class since the 1980s and marked the third time in school history that a class exceeded 2,300 graduates.
Along with a busy week for YSU students, this week is also big for the community with the “Y Live” concert — the city’s first music event that will bring major artists to the area — featuring the Zac Brown Band.
Y Live kicks off at 2 p.m. on Thursday with a tailgate party next to Stambaugh Stadium. Doors to the stadium will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. Zac Brown Band show. Tickets can be purchased through Y Live’s website.
With so many things going on this week, parking is expected to be a little hectic.
Click HERE to read about the parking plan for the day of the concert.
Also, Wick Ave. will remain closed from the Madison Expressway to Rayen Ave. for the beginning of the fall semester. But, students can still use the parking deck on Wick as long as they use the back entrance.
Street parking is free all week for students.