DURHAM — University of New Hampshire and local police are preparing for the end of the World Series, which, in addition to other Red Sox playoff games, has historically brought out large groups and some problems for the Durham campus and surrounding community.
In 2003, after the Yankees' Aaron Boone's walk-off home run killed Red Sox Nation's dream of an appearance in the World Series, a riot broke out. Several students were arrested. Things were calmer in 2007 when the Sox won the World Series for the second time in three years, but the event still drew about 3,000 students to the downtown area.
UNH Police Chief Paul Dean is not anticipating big problems this year, but is working with Durham police and other agencies to prepare for large crowds.
Police sent a letter to landlords last week asking them to have discussions with their renters reminding them of their lease obligations, including occupancy limitations, noise restrictions and beer keg regulations.
They also advised landlords to take steps to prevent property damage, including bringing in any loose signs and outdoor furniture, having trash and recyclables removed and/or emptied, and removing flammable materials from the exterior of the building.
If the series reaches Game 7, the final game will fall on Halloween, bringing additional concerns.
"This isn't our first encounter with this, and although we are absolutely excited for the Red Sox and want to see them win, it does bring with it public safety concerns and we have some history to show that," Dean said. "Crowds form and people want to celebrate."
Dean said letters went out to every student and parent regarding the World Series and Halloween and how the university expects the student body to behave.
Students were also reminded that off-campus arrests can result in on-campus consequences, including revocation of scholarships and suspension.
"We are kind of spreading the word that we expect the student body to be good citizens here in town and to recognize that they are guests in the town of Durham and we want to be good neighbors, and so we made it pretty clear in there the expectations and the ramifications if students are found to be congregating and in violation of the law of blocking roadways, civil disobedience, things like that," Dean said.