OGDEN -- The first step in turning Ogden into a college town will begin this fall, just in time for football season.
The Ogden City Council recently adopted a joint resolution with Weber State University that aims to encourage the Top of Utah community to support the WSU football team.
Each Friday before WSU's Saturday home football games, the city will host "Football Friday" events at The Junction.
The events will be held this Friday, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Nov. 9 -- all beginning at 6 p.m.
"It's basically going to be like a big pep rally everytime there's a home game," said Peter Makowski, a project coordinator with Ogden city's business development department.
Makowski helped plan the events.
"We want to bring people together in one place where they can get excited for the game," he said.
Makowski said Football Friday is one small piece of a larger plan to grow the relationship between WSU and Ogden.
"This is just another part of trying to establish a connection between Weber State and downtown Ogden," he said.
In November, WSU and city officials will gather to discuss ideas for turning Ogden into a college town.
Bill Cook, executive director of the Ogden City Council, said members of the council, members of Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell's staff, WSU President Ann Millner and other school representatives will meet in November to discuss strategies to make Ogden a college town and look for more opportunities for the two entities to collaborate.
A 10-member team, with five representatives from the city and five from WSU, will be appointed to begin working on the concept.
One of the initial goals of the group will be to increase participation at WSU sporting events.
Jerry Bovee, WSU's director of intercollegiate athletics, said the collaboration between the city and the school will benefit both parties.
"It makes sense that the two entities work together," he said. "The whole idea (of making Ogden a college town) is still in the early stages, but we're happy that these conversations are taking place."
Makowski said other events will be planned to prompt community involvement in other WSU events throughout the school year.
"This is really just the beginning," he said. "Weber State and Ogden need each other."