Madison police prep for crowds following Badgers vs. Duke game
MADISON (WKOW) – Madison Police said they're expecting large crowds on State Street following Monday night's national title game between the Badgers and Duke University.
“We'll be staffed up, certainly, in the downtown area,” said Madison Police Lt. Kelly Donahue.
Donahue said there will be an extra presence of at least 130 law enforcement officers in the downtown area. She said that will include both the MPD Special Events Team and law enforcement officials from nearby, assisting agencies.
Donahue said large crowds that gathered on State Street following Saturday night's win over Kentucky, and last Saturday after the Badgers defeated Arizona and advanced to the Final Four, have given police an indicator of what to expect Monday.
“It does give us a chance to get our staffing in order and put all our plans in place,” Donahue said.
Donahue added recent celebrations on State Street, such as Saturday night's, have been relatively pleasant to manage.
“There were no arrests made. There was no property damage,” Donahue said.
The University of Wisconsin Police Department also praised Saturday's crowds.
“The UW-Madison Police Department has been working closely with the City of Madison Police Department on plans for Monday evening, when the Badgers take on Duke in the NCAA National Championship Game,” said UWPD spokesperson Marc Lovicott on the department's website.
“Extra UWPD officers will be on hand to assist MPD with their efforts on State Street – in addition, we'll have extra officers throughout campus, to ensure safe celebrations. We expect many more people on campus, as most are back from Spring Break,” Lovicott said.
“We're confident Badger fans will once again show the world how we celebrate in Wisconsin – loud and proud, safely and responsibly,” Lovicott said. “We look forward to celebrating with you again Monday night!”
“If people do what they did Saturday night, and after the last couple of games, there won't be an issue on Monday,” Donahue said.