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Lexington Police prepare for Friday night's UK game celebration

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's a game plan to keep everyone safe. On Wednesday afternoon, Lexington Police talked about how they plan to handle traffic and enforcement if the Cats beat Louisville Friday night in the NCAA tournament.

They were prepared in years past, and Lexington Police say they are ready and will be fully staffed for what may come of Friday night's game. It's a rival game in tournament play which only heightens the excitement and celebrations.

"We want everyone to enjoy the event, but disorderly or illegal activity on anyone's part is a major concern for us," said Commander Ken Armstrong, with the Lexington Division of Police.

Lexington Police know what could happen after witnessing 2012, which was the last time UK played the University of Louisville in the NCAA tournament. Couches were burned, vehicles flipped, and beer bottles thrown at crews while they tried to control crowds in the State Street area near campus.

"That ritual has been around for a few years now, at least since 2006," said Comm. Armstrong. "I'm not really understanding why it's so popular at times. It's extremely dangerous, and we take it very seriously."

Commander Armstrong with Lexington Police says the bureau of special operations has been working all week with other agencies, like UK Police.

"A lot of the preparation is actually before the tip off. The staffing has been taken into consideration," said Comm. Armstrong. "We want to make sure that we put a lot of effort and time into preparing for the game but ultimately we have to make sure the city runs."

And a win on Friday would put UK playing again on Sunday, and police say they have planned that far ahead.

Back in 2012 some people were arrested for charges related to celebrations following the Final Four game against Louisville.


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