Dozens cited for 'incivility' during U of M homecoming festivities


The University of Minnesota's 100th homecoming celebration last weekend went relatively smooth for police, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The U of M police department issued around 60 citations for "incivility" and at least 10 students needed hospitalization because of alcohol during the three days of events, the newspaper notes.

The university's police department prepared for the weekend's events – which included a parade, a sold-out Iggy Azalea concert and the homecoming football game – by adding extra officers to control crowds, potentially rowdy celebrations and public drunkenness, KSTP reported.

KSTP said about 30 officers were on hand during the parade, 40 for the concert; and roughly 100 officers were at the football game, which drew 51,241 fans, according to Gopher athletics.

There were concerns prior to Saturday's game that students weren't buying tickets, however the Iggy Azalea concert sold out its 10,000 seats in record time.

Last year, officers made at least 11 alcohol-related arrests and sent dozens of concert goers to detox, the Minnesota Daily reported.

The number of reported citations given at the U of M's homecoming events is similar to other schools around the state.

For example: Police issued about 87 underage consumption citations during Minnesota State University, Mankato's homecoming earlier this month, the Mankato Free Press reports. Police said they also received about 22 disturbances calls, eight loud party complaints, 23 intoxicated persons and four DWIs.

Police told the newspaper they didn't have to respond to any violent crimes.

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