Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad is preparing for the NCAA Final Four showdown between Kentucky’s biggest in-state rivals, and he hopes fans of both teams show their maturity this weekend.
Police unveiled a traffic and safety plan earlier this week and officers will be out in force Saturday night. They’ll be prepared to shut down streets and make arrests if necessary, with extra attention being paid to the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus, West Broadway and the Baxter Avenue/Bardstown Road corridor.
Conrad says police want fans to have fun, but officers are prepared to make sure things do not turn riotous.
“We want to make sure that people have, but that fun doesn’t interfere with other people’s ability to use the streets, use the sidewalk, get to businesses, get to their homes and we certainly don’t want to see the couch burning ways of some of the things we saw in Lexington,” he says.