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Crews busy preparing for Friday Bon Jovi concert

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ENDICOTT (WBNG) -- The long anticipated Bon Jovi concert will kick off at En-Joie on Friday. 

Organizers have been planning for the event since December. 

They said the past several weeks have been pretty hectic.

"Its been really bust the past eight weeks or so putting together all the sound and lighting package because Bon Jovi's not on tour we have to provide it with regional companies and rent everything to their specs," said Jon Gaffney, DICK'S Sporting Goods Open Production Manager. 

On Wednesday crews were at En-Joie for about ten hours working into the night to prepare for the band's arrival. 

They said they expect to work another ten hours on Thursday. 

"Out of all the shows we've done in the past this is probably three times bigger than anything we've ever done. Three times the lighting, more sound, we have more sounds on the fairways for people on the fairways, delay sounds, bigger everything," said Gaffney. 

As of three weeks ago, the concert was sold-out, making all their hard-work worth it. 

"It's going to be the largest concert that we've ever had here with 25,000 people. It's probably about 8,000 more than we had for Tim McGraw," said David Pessagno, Promotions and Marketing manager of the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open.

Seating is first come, first serve, so organizers recommend that people arrive between 1 and 2 p.m.

Another factor to consider is the weather. Currently, rain is in the forecast for Friday, but organizers are hoping that isn't the case. 

"We're always looking at the radar always looking at the weather because we have all this electronic stuff and so we get through the weather and usually we do and I'm excited to see it all done," said Gaffney. 

Organizers said that if it does rain, they do have some coverings to protect equipment. 

In the case of more severe weather, they'll play it by ear, and keep people updated once further decisions are made. 

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