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Mayor Walsh encourages Patriots fans to act responsibly on Super Bowl Sunday

January 30, 2015

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, joined by Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn and Boston EMS Chief James Hooley, advocated today for residents to gather in a safe and responsible manner when watching the Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday.

“We are taking steps to ensure a safe and fun Super Bowl,” said Mayor Walsh. “We need everyone else to do their part, and celebrate in a respectful and responsible manner. I look forward to rooting on the Patriots this Sunday.”

Boston Police are engaging with local businesses to ensure that alcohol laws and capacity rules will be strictly enforced, and to be on the lookout for excessive drinking and disorderly conduct. Boston Police are also working with university officials to remind students to root for their team while still being mindful of their actions and the safety of others. Students behaving in a way that warrants the intervention of police will have their information turned over to their respective Dean of Students for appropriate discipline.

In the interest of general public safety, Boston Police will be restricting access to several locations in the city both due to the Super Bowl and recent blizzard. Traffic restrictions cover many streets in/around the Brighton area, Kenmore Square, Northeastern, Faneuil Hall and North Station areas. Drivers are asked to pay close attention to signage.

Kenmore Square will be closed after the third quarter of play, restricting access to the area unless already inside a bar or restaurant. Boston Police will have extra patrols monitoring license premise locations as well as extra patrols in some neighborhoods.

In addition, the City encourages fans traveling to Boston to watch the game to use public transportation when possible and never to drink and drive. Boston Police will have officers on duty, focused specifically on DUI enforcement.