I watched the spirits of University of Kansas fans rise as the Jayhawks came back Thursday night to beat Purdue in what can only be described as a blowout.
A blowout of another kind — the type with celebrations and jubilation — may be in store for downtown Lawrence on Saturday night, if the Jayhawks win their Elite Eight game and punch their ticket to the Final Four.
Traditionally, bars and restaurants in Downtown Lawrence are filled with game spectators, and then a victory causes the crowd to grow by several thousand people. The revelry generally spills onto Massachusetts Street.
But as the men’s basketball team creeps closer and closer to the national championship, Lawrence will see a few new laws in place, the Lawrence Police Department said.
We’ve reported before that when KU makes the Elite Eight – Saturday’s game against Oregon – glass will be banned in downtown Lawrence. This is a temporary ordinance which means anyone caught with glass bottles or containers downtown could face a misdemeanor, punishable by a $100 fine.
The ban applies to downtown streets or public right-of-ways and will begin at noon on Saturday, lasting until 6 a.m. Monday.
In the event that the Jayhawks beat Oregon and advances to the Final Four the ban will be in effect from noon on April 1 to 6 a.m. on April 4.
The Lawrence Police Department said in a release the ban is meant to help citizens and officers stay safe during any basketball-related celebrations.
I would assume this also applies to any – dare I say – basketball-related lamentations as well.
Preparing for the ban officers will reach out to downtown restaurants and bars, asking them to serve beverages in plastic cups on tournament days, the release said.
“This will help prevent glassware from making its way into the large crowds that will be expected if KU advances in the tournament,” the release said.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will assist the police department with their…