FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – Police across the state want to remind everyone to keep things safe when having Super Bowl celebrations on Sunday.
Fort Collins police plans to put five times the normal amount of officers on the street on Sunday and will spend as much as $10,000 trying to keep the most crowded areas safe.
That includes the area west of the Colorado State University campus and the Old Town area.
Inside Tony’s Bar managers are preparing for what could be their busiest Sunday in years.
“This gives us the chance to showcase what we are to people who wouldn’t normally come here,” said manager Ben Peart.
Businesses are looking to capitalize on the Denver Broncos going for the championship.
“We’re looking at it just like one of the big holidays. St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, things like that. We’re definitely planning for a huge turnout,” said Peart.
However, when it comes to parties, the town’s image is on the line.
“We do have to draw the line when things start getting broken and there’s a public safety risk of injury,” said Deputy Chief Jerry Schiager from Fort Collins Police.
Police said they are using technology in ways they couldn’t before. They’ve been using Twitter to warn people to be safe while celebrating. They’ve also created a text chain to alert business owners and managers of situations and have been tweeting messages that encourage good behavior.
“Got Super Bowl plans? Demonstrate good character and good sportsmanship behaviors. Go Broncos,” said one such tweet.
“Creating that sort of communications tree helps greatly getting the word out,” said Peart.
Authorities recommend people register their Super Bowl parties with police. That way they can get a warning first if the crowd is getting too loud.
The Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Greeley Police Department also announced they would be adding patrols. Read their news release (Word Document).