Posted at: 10/20/2013 2:16 PM
| Updated at: 10/20/2013 9:08 PM
By: Dan Bazile
It was supposed to be a homecoming party for hundreds of UAlbany students, but the event was canceled, forcing authorities to control the chaos of disappointed students on the streets of Troy.
“It looked like Time Square in the rush hour,” says Frank Mantello, the cook at the Irish Ale on Ferry Street in Troy, “I don't know how many, hundreds... hundreds, yeah. Ferry Street has never seen as many people as there was last night.”
Police estimated between 400 - 600 people fanned out into the streets. It all started with two parties Saturday night attached to UAlbany's homecoming weekend.
“There was a large party planned at the Atrium, which was expected to draw approximately 500 students,” says Troy Police Captain John Cooney.
Police say at the same time, Kokopelli's just down 4th Street had contracted with three fraternities from UAlbany for a private party for 160 people. But the party at the Atrium was canceled. Police say those disappointed students headed down to Kokopelli's.
Within minutes police say 4th Street, near Congress Street was inundated with people.
“All looking to get into one establishment, all completely blocking off the sidewalks and roadways blocking any vehicular traffic,” says Capt. Cooney.
The Troy Record took the pictures and video seen here. Police say they were concerned about a potential riot situation. They decided not to force the students out; instead, they called in ten other agencies for back up. Altogether more than 60 officers littered the area and the let the students vent.
“We became very patient. We shut off the streets to ensure the safety of those students who were out and about the roadways,” says Cooney.
There were some minor fights, according to police. Two and a half hours later, the crowd dissipated. There were no injuries, no arrests and no property damage.
Police say they’ve never seen the potential for problems present itself as it did Saturday night.