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LMPD, businesses prepare for Tuesday's Trump rally

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will spend Super Tuesday in the Bluegrass state and officials at the Kentucky International Convention Center are expecting at least 5,000 people to attend the front-runner's rally.

That means big crowds will be flocking to downtown Louisville and LMPD officials say they're prepared.

“I know we have another challenge with the basketball game later on but we've had bigger challenges before,” said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

About 20,000 people are expected to attend U of L Men's Basketball's final home game of the season.

Between the Yum Center and the convention center, LMPD plans to assign about 100 officers to patrol the areas.

“We're going to try to get people through as quickly as we can,” said Mitchell. “I don't know if you want to call it a madhouse. Madhouse would be thunder over Louisville and it's not quite to that degree. But there certainly will be some challenges with traffic.”

Dwight advised drivers to plan ahead and arrive early to find a parking spot.

Nearby businesses are also preparing for Trump and Cardinal fans to pack the house.

“We're pretty much dead center between the two, right across the street from the Yum! Center. We're definitely used to the games but throwing Trump on top of that will be a new challenge,” said Eric Gettelfinger, general manager at Bluegrass Brewing Company. “We'll bring out extra staff. They're all well aware of what's about to happen tomorrow but I think we'll be ready for it."

With both events spilling over into rush hour, it'll likely be a bit tight and tense on the road.

But LMPD officials have a tip for anyone in the area Tuesday.

“The object of the day will be patience,” said Mitchell. “We want everyone to get to where they need to be safely.”

There will only be one street closure at Third street between Jefferson and Market.

LMPD will have a designated area for Trump protesters on Fourth and Jefferson Streets.

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