Game 7 countdown, noon: Vancouver police ‘part of the crowd’
|06.15.11 at 11:59 am ET|
The city of Vancouver is preparing for Game 7 and the mass of people that will take to its streets. Almost 100,000 people are expected to pack the streets both during and following the game. The Vancouver police have a plan in place similar to the Olympics to maintain crowd control, called “meet and greet.”
“We’re a part of the crowd and we’re part of the event,” police spokesman Lindsey Houghton said. “It’s way more fun, a much better experience, the night goes by quick and at the end of the day everybody’s got stories to tell.”
Police are not expecting anything close to the riots that followed the Canucks’ Game 7 loss in 1994. Houghton said there has been a change in the party culture. “It’s a different atmosphere around here,” he said.
City liquor stores have been requested to close early, and police from other cites have been called in for reinforcement.