Denver prepares for a busy Super Bowl Sunday

Extra staff at restaurants; more police

DENVER - At Anthony’s Pizza on the 16th Street Mall in LoDo, the staff is anticipating a busy Sunday.

“We have over 20 stores and I’m sure we’re going to sell a whole lot of pizza tomorrow,” said employee Kraig Young.  “It’s special.  It only happens so many years.  Its been 15 years since it happened to us.  We’re real excited.”

Saturday night was calm before the pizza storm.

At Happy Cakes in the Highlands, more than 800 cupcakes were sold Saturday alone, many with Broncos-inspired designs.

“You have to have sweets when watching football,” said customer Christy Pearce.  “Got some rice krispie treats and some football cookies and some brownies and Bronco cupcakes.”

As restaurants prepare for larger than usual crowds, law enforcement across Colorado is continuing to patrol to impaired drivers.

Increased patrols began Jan. 31 and will continue until Feb. 3, according to state officials.

Safety advocates say the Super Bowl brings an increased risk for accidents.

“In 2012, 43 percent of all traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday and the morning after were caused by drunk driving,” said Fran Lanzer, Colorado executive director, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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