NH Colleges Celebrate Big When New England Wins, What Happens If They Lose?
In recent years, college students have taken to the streets to celebrate the outcomes of numerous pro-sports game.
As the Super Bowl approaches, New Hampshire state colleges are preparing to batten down the hatches. With good reason, too.
Last year, University of New Hampshire students destroyed cars, including one belonging to an NH1 reporter covering the riot, during a celebration of the Patriot's victory over the Falcons in the Super Bowl.
Keene State College and Plymouth State University celebrated the Super Bowl win as well, but in a more respectful way.
The extra steps to keeps students and the surrounding town safe is a result of previous aggressive celebrations. KSC rioted in celebration of Red Sox's victory in the World Series in 2013. The Sentinel Source reported that about 1,000 students flipped cars and threw rocks and glass bottles.
Kelly Ricaurte, the director of strategic communications and community relations at Keene State College, said that this year the school plans on monitoring the campus for indiscretions and will allocate resources if need be.
UNH Police Chief Paul Dean said the school’s police department is working in collaboration with the Durham police, State Police, and liquor enforcement to maintain everyone’s safety for Sunday night. Dean said that the UNH Police Department also has reached out to the community through email and signs posted throughout the campus reminding students and their friends to think about how they celebrate.
“We want everyone to enjoy themselves, just responsibly,” Dean said.
This year might be different, not only because security officers on the campuses have learned from past events, but the Patriots could lose.