Big crowds expected on Sixth Street after Texas Relays

Big crowds expected on Sixth Street after Texas Relays

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Austin assistant police chief Raul Munguia says Sixth Street the first night after Texas Relays was pretty quiet.

"No major incidents. We did have one arrest for fighting which is ...you know it's not unexpected. Overall, it was a very easy going evening," Munguia said.

He says they have put out more officers and even water barricades to prevent stampeding, which he says is a problem in Austin.

But you have to have people shoulder to shoulder for a stampede to happen and it wasn't like that last night.

But tonight is the night when police expect the crowd to get that big again.

 

"We start getting a lot of kids that are coming into town just to partake in the festivities at night and that crowd that shows up on Sixth Street, it grows even bigger than what we see at the Relays," he said.

Rainey Sternes and Vins Miller from Desoto were in town for the Relays to cheer on Rainey's little brother.

He says you won't see Desoto students getting into trouble.

"We have a strict program. If you come down here to run, you're gonna be at the hotel room whenever you're not running and whenever you're done running. That's one thing about Desoto that's different from all of these other schools. The athletes go out there and get in trouble, not Desoto," Sternes said.

Interestingly enough, many of the kids that go to Sixth Street after the Relays are too young to drink.

Jey Ditta, owner of "Bat Bar" says many of the bars just close down for the weekend.

"What hurts the street the most is that people don't go into the clubs. They just mainly stay out in the middle streets and party and socialize out there," he said.

Ditta says Friday night went pretty smoothly.

"A couple of random fights but unforunately with that many people it's hard to say but all we can do is provide the best security that we can do," Ditta said.

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