AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Officials at UMass Amherst are hoping some advance planning and organized celebrations will help alleviate concerns over disruptive behavior following the World Series.
At 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, UMass Amherst’s Southwest residential area will be filled with free food, inflatable games, and big screens, so students can watch the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series.
You can see evidence of Red Sox Nation around campus.
It’s quiet now and student leaders and administrators hope the celebration will keep things that way during and after the game.
“There will be a strong police presence in the area. We will ensure public safety and property. As in the past, if a few students act out, they’ll be subject to discipline by the university. Sometimes that can result in suspension or expulsion. We’re ready,” says university spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski.
As the Sox inch within close reach of their eighth World Series title, this time of year brings up memories of what ensued at UMass after the team won in 2004.
The university hasn’t seen anything comparable since then.
This time around, some students don’t think it’ll get that wild. “I don’t think it’ll be as crazy. I don’t think it’ll be a riot or anything, but it’s definitely going to be cool if the Sox pull it off,” Junior Sam Greil explains.
Also still up for debate is whether or not the Sox will come through in Game 6, or Game 7.
“I’m a little scared frankly. Hopefully they’ll win in 6…rooting for Ortiz to win in Game 6 with a home run,” shares Alex Friedman. “I’m confident they’re going to win in Game 7,” Freshman Austin Webster stated,
UMass Amherst will also be holding a similar event in Southwest on Halloween if the Sox and Cardinals make it to Game 7.
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