Massive crowds pack downtown Saturday for Final Four events

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 4, 2015) - Massive crowds flood downtown this weekend for the Final Four and with the large crowds comes traffic and pedestrian traffic.

IMPD officers were stationed throughout downtown monitoring traffic. They say one of the busiest areas is Georgia Street leading to The Convention Center.

“The crowd has just multiplied ten fold. Everyone is having a good time. There’s a lot of challenges between pedestrian traffic vs. vehicle traffic,” said IMPD Sgt. Randy Dodd.

These could be the largest crowds a Final Four in Indy has seen.

“Kentucky that was here last year and just a three-hour drive from Lexington and Duke that’s won two national championships. It’s an incredible, excitable group of people,” explained John Dedman with Indy Sports Corp.

Dedman said Fan Fest also had a record number of people on Saturday.

“They’re here enjoying all that Indianapolis has to offer,” he added.

Police are making sure you’re not enjoying the alcoholic beverages too much as well. They will be on Georgia Street throughout the weekend patrolling the cross walk.

“Everybody going from Georgia Street into the Fan Fest. Those that are on Georgia St. can’t bring their alcohol out and those inside that way can’t take their alcohol in, so it’s a busy point,” Sgt. Dodd said.

IMPD wants to remind people to just pay attention whether you are in the car or walking across the street.  They say put your cell phone away.

Saturday night created problems at the March Madness Music Fest for people trying to get inside and out of the concerts. Rihanna performed for about an hour, as thousands of fans waited outside the gates trying to get in. She also made a very strong statement against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act during her performance.

Sunday night is Jam Fest at White River State Park. Large crowds are expected for those concerts as well.