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City will patrol neighborhoods before and after UK-U of L game

With an anticipated 80,000 fans coming to Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday for the Kentucky-Louisville football game, the city and university will again work together to address safety issues, trash, and illegally parked cars at the stadium and in surrounding neighborhoods.

The stadium holds almost 70,000, and officials expect even more people when nearby areas are included.

The goal of the Game Day Task Force is "not to arrest people but to try to prevent problems before they happen," Mayor Jim Newberry said at a Wednesday morning news conference.

"Any behavior that puts people or property in danger will be swiftly dealt with," Lexington police Chief Ronnie Bastin said.

Bastin said parking violations in residential areas will be strictly enforced. It is illegal to park in the front yard of a house.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Lexington police and city code enforcement officers will patrol neighborhoods around the stadium issuing tickets for cars parked on lawns. They also will issue tickets for litter and debris.

On Friday, code enforcement and waste management crews will sweep neighborhoods off Waller and Euclid avenues issuing tickets for illegally parked cars, household furniture on front porches, trash on sidewalks and streets, and garbage cans parked on curbs.

On Sunday morning, UK fraternity and sorority members, organized by the Panhellenic Council, will go through neighborhoods cleaning up after-game litter.

With kickoff set for 12:02 p.m., fans are urged to get to the stadium early. For more information on parking in and around the stadium, and satellite lots downtown, go to http://fbgameday.ukathletics.com.

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