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10:12 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - In downtown Denver, fans are finishing up shopping for game-day garb.

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"I'm going to have an orange tux and a blue boa to go over the tux," shopper Louie Rivera said. "I need to find myself an orange cowboy hat and life will be good."

Meanwhile, Denver Police are planning all hands on deck for this weekend.

"Obviously for this type of event, we'd be remiss if we didn't staff up," Cmdr. Patrick Phelan said. "So days off aren't available for Sunday or Tuesday."

In recent memory, there hasn't been chaos in Denver after big sporting events - not like the fires in the street and screaming crowds in 1996, when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup or the riots in 1998 after the Broncos' Super Bowl win. Still, DPD has been in touch with bar managers about worst-case scenarios.

"Just to make sure we're aware of things that might happen, and if they do happen, what to do," LoDo's Bar and Grill GM Watson Cornell said. "If something does get chaotic in the streets, we should probably lock our doors and deal with customers we have in our building and keep them safe and police will take care of anything happening on the streets."

Cornell said if the playoff game was any indication, Sunday should go smoothly. Many bars are taking subtle safety precautions that you might not even notice, like chaining down furniture and substituting bottles and glassware for cans and plastic cups.

DPD says people should expect to see police if they're celebrating at a bar or restaurant, even if there's no trouble going on.

"We're going to staff up in the downtown area. We want visibility," Phelan said.

For now, police are optimistic for both good behavior and a great win.

"We're ready to kind of celebrate with them too," Phelan said. "Be respectful to other individuals and other people's property and enjoy the victory."

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