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City, businesses gear up for NCAA Championship game

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Restaurants and bar workers say they are looking forward to the boost in business they are predicting thanks to a very big college basketball game.

Workers including Jennifer Johnson of Brownie's The Shed Bar and Grille said they expect "Lots of fans, lots of fun" during the Monday night Men's NCAA Championship game between the Louisville Cards and Michigan Wolverines.

"We have several tables reserved, we have lots of food and drink specials this evening, it is going to be a lot of fun," said Alan vonAlmen of Molly Malone's Pub in St. Matthew's.

Many agreed fun would be the word of the night, but law enforcement said they want to make sure it is clean.  "We invite and encourage you to celebrate, however, we want controlled fun; we don't want people out committing crimes, lewd behavior," said Lt. Col. Kenton Buckner of the Louisville Metro Police Department.

After Saturday night's incidents, they say they have around 200 people on stand by to make sure the fun on and off campus stays safe.  Buckner said they had a total of nine arrests for charges of disorderly conduct, menacing and receiving stolen property.

"Blocking traffic, fighting, anything of the sort that is criminal activity we will not tolerate and we will have stepped up efforts to try to prevent that," Buckner said.

Bars and restaurants in Louisville's East End have staffed up and geared up.  "We are prepping for biggest night in Louisville right now, the National Championship," said manager Moncell Allen of Louisville's Tin Roof in St. Matthew's.

Some places have dealt with the craziness before during last year's Kentucky Wildcats championship game.  Allen said the sister location of Tin Roof in Lexington ran into some issues with rowdy crowds.

"We had the championship in Lexington at Tin Roof last year and that was a major problem, security," Allen said.

He said they have tried to plan accordingly, like other places around town, to keep things from getting out of hand.

"We have crews on deck. We are going to have police here, too, so I think it will go smooth," Allen said.

Allen said they would have additional help coming in from Cincinnati and Lexington restaurant locations to plan ahead.  Molly Malone's staff said their security was beefed up as well.

"Tonight is all hands on deck," vonAlmen said.  "Our full staff will be here and we will also have security as well. Typically we have three security officers back here and two in the front and also a police officer."

Johnson said even the Hurstbourne bar would start packing people in early.  "We have lots of staff on hand, we have lots of security on hand, I would definitely get here early because we are going to be packed tonight," Johnson said.

Everyone said they do not want any trouble.  Allen and vonAlmen said they have already made sure there will not be any cab shortages for those trying to get home after the game.  Police say they want to see celebrating, not rioting in the capital of Card Nation.  "We are on the cusp of greatness for these two athletic programs," Buckner said.  "We don't want to do anything to tarnish their hard work and put our city in a bad light."

LMPD say they will monitor areas around Broadway, U of L campus and any other areas where issues may come up.  Folks around town say the fun will be had, win or lose.

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