Lawrence Police Department NCAA Tournament Preparations

Media Release Date: 

For Immediate Release – March 21st, 2017

Lawrence Kansas Police Department

Contact: Sergeant Amy Rhoads 785-830-7404;


Lawrence Police Department NCAA Tournament Preparations


Beginning today, March 21st, the Lawrence Police Department will begin contacting downtown Lawrence businesses in reference to the glass bottle prohibition that will be in place should the University of Kansas men’s basketball team reach the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. The implementation of this ordinance, Ordinance 9336, is similar to what the city has implemented in the past to help increase the safety of citizens and officers during any potential tournament celebrations in the downtown area. The ordinance, Ordinance 9336, is attached with this release. In the event that KU does not advance in the tournament, the ordinance will not be enforced.


As part of the implementation of this ordinance, representatives from the Lawrence Police Department will be making personal contacts with representatives  of food and beverage proprietors in the downtown area. We will be requesting that they serve all beverages in plastic cups on days that KU is playing in the tournament, starting with the Elite 8. This will help prevent glassware from making its way into the large crowds that will be expected if KU advances in the tournament.


As with celebrations in the past, the Lawrence Police Department anticipates that all Jayhawk fans will #CelebrateSafely, and we will continue to provide more information as is necessary. Additional information may also be posted on the Lawrence Police Department’s Twitter account, @LawrenceKS_PD, as it becomes available.