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Police say 10,000 gathered downtown after Badgers victory, but no arrests made

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Madison (WKOW)-- Win or lose, the Madison Police Department was expecting to see a massive gathering of Badger fans in downtown Madison Saturday night. They estimate more than 10,000 people crammed into the small area between the 500 and 600 blocks of State Street.

In a city that has seen its' fair share of riots and violent crowds, officers were happy that Saturday night's crowd was relatively well behaved.

"It wasn't a completely uneventful evening. There were certain people in the crowd that did not behave as we would have hoped. There were a few beer bottles being thrown and students climbing on things, but a vast majority of the crowd behaved responsibly," Madison Police Captain Brian Ackeret says.

"We didn't have any arrests. I'm not aware of any injuries to persons or officers. I'm not aware of any property damage at this time."

Several videos of the gathering have popped up on Youtube. One features a shirtless male student jumping off a bus shelter and into a crowd of hundreds of students underneath him. Another video features several students crowd-surfing above an endless sea of fans. Students who woke up the next morning had quite a few interesting stories to tell.

"I could not compare last night to anything I've seen before. It was great," UW-Madison freshman Stephanie Bova says.

Early Sunday morning while many students were still sleeping in, workers at Sconnie Nation in downtown Madison were busy dealing with fans who were already looking to buy Badger Final Four gear.

"We had a couple people in here this morning asking about it. A lot of people are really pumped about it and just want to get their hands on some stuff," Sconnie Nation employee Kyley Guenther says.

Badger Final Four t-shirts were already designed and up for sale on the internet late Saturday night, but many retailers won't have them in stock until late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

"A lot of people want to buy their red gear to support the badgers," Guenther says. "It's a big deal for students. How often do we make it to the Final Four?"

Madison police are already preparing to have extra officers on duty for next Saturday's game. They expect to see a gathering just as big, if not bigger. Tickets for next weekend's Final Four game are still available online. They'll cost you anywhere between $198 for an upper level seat to $55,000 for a private suite. Plane tickets to Dallas will cost you between $700 and $1,400 per ticket.

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