All the advance work done by UMass officials paid off this evening as a large happy crowd did indeed gather in the open courtyards at the base of the Southwest towers to celebrate the Patriots Super Bowl victory, but no riot ensued.
UMPD and State PD mobilized about 10 minutes before the game ended
At peak the crowd numbered about 1,000 with dozens of police and media on the outskirts taking it all in. In fact the police seemed to almost disappear as the crowd started to grow into the hundreds.
A flock of hard to miss TV stations showed up
At no point did the police forcefully move into the crowd, although about a half-hour into the celebration one exuberant fan did fall head first about 4 feet from a tree he should not have been climbing.
About 15 minutes after the game ended
Police moved in to get him out of the crowd and into the Washington Dorm lobby to await AFD arrival.
Within an hour the crowd dissipated and many police were standing down.