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UofL to close streets, parking lots for Final Four game

by John Drees, communications and marketing last modified Mar 27, 2012 04:13 PM

The University of Louisville Police Department will shut down Cardinal Boulevard and Brandeis Avenue between Third and Fourth streets Saturday evening in preparation for possible crowds around Cardinal Towne for the Final Four game between UofL and the University of Kentucky.

The streets will be closed to parking all day and shut down to traffic beginning at about 6 p.m.

In addition, the “blue” parking lot between Cardinal and Brandeis will be closed from 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday night, and access to the Fourth Street lots around Kurz, Minardi and Johnson Halls will be rerouted to the entrance south of Kurz Hall.

ULPD is working with the Louisville Metro Police Department to plan for what could be a very large event, assistant chief Kenny Brown said. He noted that several hundred fans flowed out from the Cardinal Towne restaurants into the street following last week’s Elite Eight win over Florida. A win over Kentucky would probably lead to much larger crowds, he said.

“We’re closing the streets to make it as safe as possible for our students,” Brown said. “Last week our students celebrated without any major issues, and we want them to have a good, safe evening again this week.”

Brown noted that there will be a “significant” police presence in and around the area, and he reminded students that they will be expected to behave appropriately.

“We want them to have fun,” he said. “But they also need to remember that there will be consequences for individuals who get out of hand.”

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