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No barricades on College Hill for UNI Homecoming

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - There will be no barricades on College Hill for UNI's homecoming weekend.

Cedar Falls police have put the water-filled barriers in the middle of the 2200 block of College Street the last several years to keep students moving.
The area is normally flooded with students and alumni on Friday and Saturday night during the homecoming celebration.

College Hill has filled up with as many as 5,000 people in past years.

The goal in removing the barricades is to make pedestrian access to College Street easier.
The Hill will be closed to traffic in the evening and overnight hours today and tomorrow.

The Cedar Falls Police Department wants businesses to avoid using glass containers and selling bottles during the weekend.

Chief Jeff Olson said, "We are asking the bars that are serving alcohol in an outside venue to not use bottles or containers that are a hazard in case they were thrown. So we're asking they serve them in plastic or something other than bottles."

There will be extra officers on patrol during the weekend.

"We're concerned about alcohol, open containers, bootlegging, fights.  Things like that," said Olson.

A riot scarred the UNI homecoming festivities in 1996.
It started after the football game when about 1500 people came out of bars as they closed.

Windows were broken, and cars were overturned.
It took police from three communities and about three hours to get things under control.

Online producer:  Adam Amdor

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