University of Kentucky officials sent out what's become an annual plea for good behavior during the NCAA basketball tournament, as the Wildcats take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four Saturday night.
"We know students and fans will gather," UK President Eli Capilouto said in a news release Thursday. "We know you will celebrate. But remember you are representing the University of Kentucky and let your actions this weekend be reflective of the pride you have for your team and your university."
During and after UK's big games, thousands of students and fans often gather in the area of State Street off South Limestone to celebrate, sometimes burning couches and throwing bottles as they express celebration or disappointment. UK and Lexington police patrol the area, and generally make numerous arrests for public intoxication and other charges.
UK has created a #BannerBehavior hashtag that will be used this weekend as part of campus safety efforts.
"We wanted to create a hashtag to use during the Final Four to encourage all members of the BBN to exhibit behavior worthy of the banners hanging from the rafters at Rupp Arena and will also provide safety tips and information to students," said spokesman Jay Blanton.
Various university social media accounts will be sharing information using the #BannerBehavior hashtag leading up to and throughout the weekend.
"The goal and sentiment of this hashtag is simple — be safe and respectful in your celebrations," Blanton said. "Watch out for one another. Keep each other safe. Be smart and careful. Have fun."