70K Jayhawks on Mass Street, Lawrence police estimate

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Following what will surely be remembered as one of the greatest comebacks in NCAA history, 70,000 KU fans flooded Massachusetts Street late Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to an estimate from law enforcement.

The Lawrence Police Department tweeted just before 2 a.m. Tuesday that “we ended the party with minimal incidents. Preliminary reports show 3 arrests and one person issued a notice to appear without a physical arrest. None included serious injuries.”


The Douglas County booking log indicates arrests on suspicion of interference with law enforcement and battery on law enforcement; criminal damage to property; and criminal threat, possession of a firearm while under the influence and battery on law enforcement.

Hundreds of officers from 16 agencies in the region were on Mass Street for what thankfully ended up being a massive celebration.

A Times reporter did observe trash overflowing from bins and onto the street, however.

“Did we forget to mention, you’re supposed to be picking up after yourselves? Oops. Better put ‘thank a city sanitation worker’ on your to do list tomorrow,” LPD tweeted.

August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times Thousands of fans on Mass Street celebrated KU’s victory.
August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times
August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times
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