Fire, broken fences, flipped vans, busted light polls and hundreds of students -- that was the scene when a massive riot broke out at the University of Vermont in 2004 as the Red Sox beat the Yankees to take the American League Championship.
"It's interesting that people can be so happy, especially after some big sporting event and then become so destructive," said Thomas Powell. The Shelburne psychologist says the college campus provided the perfect recipe for the mess. "If they are in a group and with a bunch of like minded peers who are also intoxicated on testosterone and alcohol -- anything goes," he said.
It's a scene that almost 10 years later, Burlington police are hoping to avoid as the Red Sox take on the Cardinals with a chance to clinch a World Series win. "Like any planned or unplanned event, we do our best to pre-plan," said Burlington Police Lt. Jason Lawson.
The department plans to have a visible presence downtown during and after the game and is prepared to call in off-duty officers and other departments if help is needed. "We just try to be present, be visible. I think people recognize the need to be respectful and celebrate appropriately and we have faith members of our community will act appropriately," Lt. Lawson said.
And Powell is offering up a few tips just in case anyone has the urge to get rowdy. "Drink moderately. Don't run with the big dogs. Get home early and safe and remember that your joy doesn't have to turn into someone else's misery," he said.
Late Wednesday afternoon the University of Vermont released a statement saying it has developed a contingency response plan that includes a coordination with other departments, but officials declined to share any specifics.
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