Post Game Circus

Post Game Circus

Fan in Lexington got rowdy after Friday’s win against Louisville and streets around campus lived up to their reputation but Lexington police said things went according to plan.

Fan in Lexington got rowdy after Friday’s win against Louisville and streets around campus lived up to their reputation but Lexington police said things went according to plan.  

It looked like a circus Friday night on State Street when people started jumping over burning couches.

“We were prepared, we knew there would be some minor property damage, we knew there would be some things, couches that were caught on fire.  We knew that alcohol would play a part but it worked exactly the way we wanted to and we're very happy with that plan,” said Commander Ken Armstrong with Lexington Police.

Despite what looked like chaos, Commander Armstrong said nothing surprised them.

“We did not set the expectation in the fact that we could prevent all these things from happening, that would be unreasonable on our part,” said Armstrong.

Two people were arrested according to police including one student.  The student was arrested for minor theft and the other person was arrested for alcohol intoxication.

“We could have made more arrests but we used discretion and we realized it was a celebration and kept that in mind the whole time,” said Armstrong.

Compared to crowds after Kentucky won the National Championship in 2012, Lexington Police said Friday’s crowds were smaller.

“Based more on celebration than criminal activity,” said Armstrong about Friday’s crowds.  “I’m actually pretty proud of most, if not all of the people that were down there.  They came and the celebrated.”

Police said clean-up started around two a.m. and continued throughout Saturday.

Lexington Police said they are ready for Sunday’s Elite Eight game too. 

Police plan to carry out a similar plan including bringing in extra staff. 

Parking restrictions are still in place through Sunday at midnight and they are keeping communications with community partners open.

Officers said they don’t think Sunday’s post game activity will be as big but they want to be prepared.

Lexington Police said the post-game celebrations don’t cost the city any additional money because extra resources and funds are built into the budget.

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