DALLAS - About 18,000 tickets for the Maverick’s Game Six watch party sold out fast Friday.
At $5 a pop, the price isn't steep, but organizers and Dallas police say they will tturn fans away when the stadium fills up. It’s one of the lessons learned during the watch parties for Game One and Two.
At those last parties, there were isolated reports of drunk and rowdy fans and some challenges with crowd control. What fans will notice this time is a much stronger police presence than the last watch parties earlier in the series.
"What we learned is that we probably need to control it a little bit better,” said Julian Bernal, Dallas deputy police chief.
Police are calling in additional SWAT, traffic and patrol officers. Much of that is in planning for the possibility the Mavericks will win it all, and police do not want a great moment to turn ugly.
"If that's the case, we're prepared,” Bernal said.
But, perhaps the most important thing for fans to remember is this, the game will not be on the big screen in the plaza. So, if you don't have a ticket, don't expect to go to Victory Plaza and be able to see the game. Still, the Plaza is the most likely place for an impromptu celebration to break out, and police say they're ready.