Police preparing for MSU Basketball and Saint Patrick's Day

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Police in East Lansing have a plan in place to handle a potential celebration overload this Sunday.

The Michigan State Spartan Basketball team may be playing in the Big Ten Championship.

St. Patrick's Day also falls on Sunday.

"Saint Patrick's Day, it's a day that it doesn't matter when it falls. It's always a day that is always celebrated." Said Captain Doug Monette with Michigan State University Police

Monette says he encourages fans to celebrate responsibility.

The combination of the big game falling on St. Patrick's Day has police taking a proactive approach.

He says there will be more patrols than normal, looking for people who have been drinking too much and causing problems.

"We always take the experiences that we have had and we always move forward with lessons learned. We will have all the appropriate resources in place and be available for our personnel if needed." Said Monette

Police say it's important to be smart when going out to celebrate and to always have a plan.

"What is important is that if you are going to go out, have a strategy. How you are going to go and how you are going to get there and how you are going to get back. You travel with your friends." Said Monette

News 10 caught up with a few Michigan State University Basketball fans who plan on watching the games this weekend and enjoying a few beers.

"We are going to be drinking not green beer, but Irish beer and definitely enjoying the game." Said MSU Basketball fan Mike Crowley

Hunter Page says he plans to have fun but be safe as well.

"Probably wake up and maybe come here, go to some parties around campus and just have fun with my friends." Said Page