Dayton's memorable NCAA tournament run will prove costly for area taxpayers.
According to a new report in the Dayton Daily News, local police forces racked up some $57,000 in overtime charges while controlling the crowds that spilled onto the streets to celebrate the Flyers' three victories in March.
Dayton, a No. 11 seed, pulled off three upsets -- over Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford -- before falling to Florida in the Elite Eight. The ensuing celebrations on campus necessitated help from around 350 police officers in 13 local jurisdictions.
And, according to the Daily News, these officers had their work cut out for them:
"Faced with the job of clearing the streets of thick crowds of thousands of students and visiting revelers, law enforcement officers at one point or another endured thrown half-filled beer bottles, fist-swinging brawlers, fireworks, couches set afire, plenty of curses and some stumbling drunks who had difficulty standing. Some of the revelers jumped up and down on vehicles as though they were trampolines."
Here's a look at some of the enormous gatherings follow Flyers victories:
— Brian (@tallkidsays) March 28, 2014
— Paul Beffa (@roastedbeffa) March 31, 2014
Riots in Dayton after the Sweet 16 advance pic.twitter.com/FWDO2ZdlY9
— Kyler Peace (@KylerPeace) March 23, 2014
Even Dayton's president, Daniel Curran, attended the riots and was seen crowd-surfing.
The $57,000 was covered by the university as well as taxpayers in Miami Valley. While that's a steep price to pay, many fans and residents would argue it was worth it for what was a historic run for the Flyers. Dayton advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984.
(H/T to For The Win)
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