The NCAA Men’s Hockey National Championship is tonight and fans on the campus of the University of Minnesota are ready to get rowdy if the Gophers can pull off another huge win tonight. Their thrilling, last second win in the Frozen Four to beat rival North Dakota was one of the most insane moments in school history and one that can only be matched with a win tonight against Union.
But while fans and students are ready to get crazy, campus administrators and local Minneapolis police are not so excited for what could go down. As a precaution, the Minneapolis Police Department has dispatched over 300 police officers to patrol Dinkytown on Saturday night in order to keep the peace.
As many as 300 police officers will be patrolling in Dinkytown and surrounding neighborhoods on Saturday night, according to a high ranking University of Minnesota administrator, to guard against full scale rioting in the event the Golden Gopher men’s hockey team captions the national championship.
We routinely hear stories about college students getting a little too crazy after championship wins and this seems to be a situation that could get explosive. It’s been since 2003 that the Gophers won a title in hockey and while that could be a streak broken tonight, campus officials aren’t taking their chances with things getting too exciting after the final horn sounds.