Grassroots efforts underway to keep downtown safe after Broncos game

DENVER - As Denver Police prepare to secure Downtown Denver before, during and after Sunday’s championship game, grassroots efforts are taking place as well.

LoDo business owners and residents don't want a repeat of the violence that followed the Colorado Avalanche’s 2001 Stanley Cup victory.
      
"If you have large groups of people in a small space, you want to move them out," said community activist Paula Grey.   Grey has been leading an effort for the past two years to keep the calm in LoDo, long before the Bronco's success.

So unlike years past, bar owners say they're now talking to each other more so than ever before, to alert each other of potential problems.

"Paula has set up some things too where we can make contact and let people know that hey there's a problem here, hey there's a problem there," said Bill Neely of Pat’s Bar in Downtown Denver.

The goal is to prevent large crowds from forming.  That's why pop-up taxi stands have been set up, so people aren't stuck in the city.  This weekend's championship is no different.

"We're coming together and trying to find some creative ways to coordinate and cooperate," said Grey.

Even though this Sunday's game will be held early in the afternoon,  Pat’s Bar is preparing as if it were a weekend evening game.

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