Anticipating huge, rowdy crowds on the eve of the Texas State football home opener, San Marcos police ramped up their numbers Friday and were prepared to call in more officers if necessary.
As it turns out, the crowds were huge but they were not particularly rowdy.
Officers working the overnight shift were “absolutely flabbergasted at how few problems there were,” San Marcos police Cpl. Wayne Casteel said this morning. “They said downtown stayed busier than anyone had ever seen it before, but everyone behaved themselves pretty damn good.”
Thousands of partygoers flooded downtown streets starting Friday evening and stretching into the early morning ahead of today’s game versus Texas Tech.
Police are reluctant to divulge how many officers patrol the city at any one time. But Casteel said additional officers are on the job throughout the weekend, to help control traffic and handle the fights and disturbances that usually come with sports revelry.
Last night, however, officers were floored by the lack of fights and unruly parties, even compared to a typical weekend.
“There were two loud party calls over the entire town. There were a few fights but nobody really hurt to speak of. It’s been absolutely unrealistic,” Casteel said.