Kentucky fans dance around a fire on State Street as they celebrate Kentucky's 69-61 win over Louisville in an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game, Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Amy Wallot) NO SALES; MAGS OUT; NO ARCHIVE; MANDATORY CREDIT
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The last time Kentucky and Louisville played in the NCAA tournament, State Street erupted in chaos. People living there say they don't expect the same thing to happen Friday night, but they're preparing just in case.
In 2012, multiple cars were flipped, and some were set on fire as fans celebrated Kentucky's win over Louisville. State Street seemed to be a focal point for a lot of that celebration and destruction.
The people living there say they've seen a lot of police this week. That's in line with what police have said. They told us they plan on doing preventive work, including making sure there isn't a lot of furniture on porches that could be set on fire.
"We got a notice from the Fayette County government on our front porch yesterday saying to move all furniture from our front porch and take the little mini fridge inside," Kristina Robinson, who lives on State Street, told us. "I think their expectations are pretty high"
Many who live there plan on moving their car off of the street before Friday night's game.
"I am going to keep my car in the back instead of on the street, I just don't want anything flipped of burned but I think overall it'll be safe, just people having fun," Robinson says.
When it comes to his car, another State Street resident agrees.
"It's not going anywhere near the street, I can promise you that," says Kolby O'Daniel.
We also spoke to a man who has a construction project one street over. He was in the process of hauling away all of his lumber. He told us he is afraid it would be set on fire if Kentucky beat Louisville Friday.
Despite the possibility of chaos erupting outside their front doors, these students plan on helping their school celebrate another win over Louisville.
"Absolutely, partaking in the festivities and just celebrating," says O'Daniel.
If Kentucky does win, they'll play again on Sunday. Police say they are already making plans for patrols then.