Police Ready For Ann Arbor Celebrations

By: Shannon Kantner
By: Shannon Kantner

"We don't expect problems from our students at all," University of Michigan Police Spokeswoman Diane Brown said. "We're just hopeful that anybody who's coming to join with them will also have that respect as well."

Carrie Stein was a senior at the University of Michigan the last time the basketball team went to the final.

"They rioted the streets, there was pepper spray, all that," Stein said.

There wasn't pepper spray on Saturday after Michigan beat Syracuse, In fact, things remained pretty peacful as thousands turned out to the Diag to celebrate the win, and more of the same is likely tonight -- no matter what.

"Today if we win it will probably be a mini-riot," University of Michigan student Damiana Sorrell said. "If we lose, it will probably be a mini-riot."

Thousands are expected to watch the game at the Crisler Center, the home of Michigan basketball. The staff said the viewing party will feel just like a game, with contests during halftime and the dance team performing.

Meanwhile, police are treating the night like anything but a regular game day.

"We need to be prepared. It's a prudent thing to do, you know," University of Michigan Police Department Spokesperson Diane Brown said. "We're going to have a lot more people in town, and a lot more people who will be excited. So, we just want to make sure we're there to keep everybody safe."

Brown said additional patrols will be especially focused on Crisler. Both the Ann Arbor and U of M police are teaming up to monitor campus and the rest of the city. They're most concerned about visitors.

"We don't expect problems from our students at all," Brown said. "We're just hopeful that anybody who's coming to join with them will also have that respect as well."

Professors are even doing their part to make sure students stay in line and keep the rowdiness to a minimum.

"I know some professors are being very adamant that they are having their classes on Tuesday," University of Michigan freshman Nick Swider said. "Some of which are even putting in a quiz or a test, making sure that student attendance will be there."

Of course, they need to get through the game first.

"We're going to bleed maize and blue. Go Blue!" Sorrell said.

The doors at the Crisler Center open at 7:30. Students and staff get in for free, and it's $5 for the public.

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