Super Bowl LI tickets…

…are impossible to get. But, since we are on the subject and I have your attention…

Are you ready for some football? I know I am!

Whether you are excited to hear what Lady Gaga will be singing during her halftime show, to find out what those Budweiser Clydesdales have been up to all year, or to see how many times the camera goes to Goodell’s face after Tom throws for a touchdown, there are few things better than having the Patriots in the Super Bowl!

Being a New England sports fan is indeed a great thing, as Boston is the true City of Champions. Whether or not you are a Patriots fan, getting swept up in the energy and excitement of a championship game is inevitable. But, in the past, exciting times such as this has caused the City of Boston and colleges and universities many challenges, including destruction of property, injuries, arrests, and the tragic deaths of two young people in 2004. These types of incidents happen when post-game celebration turn into riotous behavior.

It is not Wentworth’s intent to squash the excitement or celebration, but rather we are committed to preventing our students from placing themselves at risk of injury or arrest.  Therefore, please remember:

  • Students are being encouraged to remain indoors after the completion of the game.  If the Patriots win, the City will host a celebration at which fans can celebrate. If the Patriots lose, gathering in a large crowd will not reverse the outcome.
  • BPD will be setting up stanchions in the Fenway and Kenmore Square areas, prohibiting all access after the 3rd quarter.  Anyone attempting to gain access to these areas will be at risk of being arrested.
  • Students failing to comply with this directive and are arrested may face suspension or expulsion from the Institute.
  • Please be advised that once the BPD issue an Order to Disperse and begin directing the crowds to leave an area, failure to maintain movement is a violation of the law and you will be arrested. There are no innocent bystanders at this point.
  • Many times students that have gone to these large gatherings just to see what was happening have found themselves engaged in behavior they would never had expected they would ever do. This is known as crowd mentality, and from experience we know that crowds can be unpredictable and dangerous.

Weekends@WIT will be hosting a Super Bowl Party in Evans Way Auditorium starting at 6:00 p.m. with food, raffles, and giveaways. We hope to see you there. Regardless of where you may watch the game, I have the upmost confidence in my students and thank you all in advance for enjoying the Super Bowl in a safe and respectful manner.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, feel free to contact Jenn Kosses (kossesj@wit.edu), Assistant Dean of Students, Bill Powers (powersw2@wit.edu), Chief of Police, or me (wennera@wit.edu).

Go Pats!

All my best,

Dean Wenner

 

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