Football Games Equal Long Days For Police, Local Restaurants

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email
As thousands of disappointed fans got in their cars to go home after the football game, Saturday, local police and restaurants still had plenty of hours left to go in their days.

Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell scores a touchdown against Northern Colorado's Matt King, right, during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

For the Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor and the other 100 or so police officers that work Michigan State game-days, the end of the game doesn't necessarily mean the end of their days.

"It normally takes people about an hour to get out of here," said Sgt. Taylor of MSU Police. "If it's a night game, it will take even longer."

Since every game at Spartan Stadium has started at 3:30 p.m. or later this season, it means extra long days for the officers patrolling campus.

"I usually get in around 6 a.m.," said Taylor. "We work more than eight hours. We're a university and this is what we knew coming in. It's just part of the job we do."

Even as police are finishing up their jobs on campus, the day is just beginning for local bars and restaurants.

Following games, Crunchy's in East Lansing sees fans from both teams. Manager Mike Karueger says even though they usually do not have too many problems with behavior, they are ready if something happens.

"We've got door guys and we've got who know how to deal with it so we don't worry too much about that stuff," said Karueger.

Still, each game-day brings its challenges and with homecoming just two weeks away, those who work with fans will have to be ready.

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