LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The night before the Final Four is a time of preparing the defense.
It’s defense on the basketball court and defense after the game, in case a winning celebration gets too exuberant. With just hours left before the Louisville Men’s team takes on Wichita State, preparations of all kinds are taking place right now. That means security is on high alert both here in Louisville and in Atlanta.
It’s been a highly emotional week leading up to the Final Four game. Cards fans are rallying behind their team after an unreal game against Duke. But, campus police want to make sure, whatever happens, everyone stays safe.
“I’ve hardly been able to sleep all week. It’s been hard to focus on work thinking about the Louisville game,” said Cards fan Alan Kerr. Another fan, Elijah Bishop mirrored that sentiment, “We’ve got a great team, we’ve got a great coach, we’ve got a great bunch of boys and we can be proud of that. They represent our city well.”
But, at a certain point, enthusiasm has the potential to turn dangerous. And UofL police are preparing to stay one step ahead of the festivities.
“I understand that they want to celebrate,” said Major David James, “We’re not going to do anything to impede that. But, at the same time, we understand that we want everybody’s right protected and everybody to be safe during that celebration.”
They’ll be closing Cardinal Boulevard between Third nd Fourth Street, so students have a safe place to celebrate. And, they’re trying to learn from what happened in Lexington last year.
“We’ve learned some lessons from what they’ve learned from those events, so I think we have prepared pretty well in order to have a successful celebration,” said Major James.
Vehicles will be removed from that area and trash will be emptied from dumpsters. Police are hoping these precautions won’t be necessary, but they’re taking them anyway.
“Why would we tear up our city?” asked Bishop, “We’re proud of this, we’re proud of our team, we’re proud of our coach.”
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