Safety biggest concern for Hall of Fame weekend

By Scott Sasina

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 6:44 PM EDT

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG-Binghamton) Thousands of fans are expected to fill the streets this weekend in Cooperstown.

"It's just an amazing experience to be a part of and I am glad I could be here," said Clyde Page, of Oklahoma.

But all of those travelers are going to need a place to park and local businesses aren't missing out on this opportunity.

"I have already upped my price. I usually only charge $10 or $15 a day, but now I am at $25," said Larry Petraglia, co-owner of Double Day batting range.

The village has even gone as far as closing off Main Street to allow people to walk freely without the fear of heavy traffic. Many fans said they love seeing the village making safety a priority for the big weekend.

"You know where we parked are car? $20. We don't even know the people, but you know what? I know the car will be there when we get back. That's how safe it is up here. No concerns," said Pete Tucciarelli, of Staten Island.

And people from as far away as Florida and California said despite the estimated 50,000 fans attending this weekend, the trip is always worth the time.

"My best part is getting to hang out for three or four days. And it is just an awesome experience to be around an element. It's around baseball and that's a passion that we both have. And that's real exciting," said Brian and Payton Barnes, of Flordia.

Those 50,000 fans are expected to fill the seats at the Clarke's Sports Center on Sunday to get a glimpse of greatness.

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