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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John Drees
John Drees is a 32-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As interim senior associate vice president/director of campus communication, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.