Police, University on Alert as Gophers play in the NCAA Frozen Four

Updated: 04/10/2014 11:17 PM
Created: 04/10/2014 2:12 PM
By: Tom Durian

University of Minnesota officials along with local law enforcement are warning students to behave as their team heads into the NCAA Frozen Four. The Gopher men's hockey will move forward to the final game this weekend after beating North Dakota Thursday.

Back in 2003, when the team won the national championship riots erupted on the streets of Dinkytown. School officials say they are taking precautions to make sure celebrations remain orderly.

In an email to students, the school's Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young warned "there will be zero tolerance for disruptive behavior or property damage."

In addition to the email, local community relations officers from the Minneapolis Police Department canvassed the neighborhood to connect with residents.

John Elder with the Minneapolis Police Department says extra officers will be on staff starting Thursday night. Elder says the department is "cautiously optimistic" events will unfold safely.  

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