Police asking soccer fans to celebrate responsibly after Mexico World Cup games

Prior celebrations led to street closures, delays
Police ask Mexico fans to celebrate responsibly
Police ask Mexico fans to celebrate responsibly
Police ask Mexico fans to celebrate responsibly
Posted at 7:41 AM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 10:41:54-04

Police in National City are asking fans of the Mexican National Team to celebrate responsibly following their World Cup game Wednesday.

Celebrations after their two previous wins have led to street closures and delays, as fans have overtaken busy intersections in the city.

Saturday, following the team's 2-1 win over South Korea, fans spilled onto Highland Avenue, blocking traffic and disrupting bus service. National City PD barricaded the street from Plaza Boulevard to 16th, nearly a half mile.

MTS bus service had to be rerouted to other streets for almost an hour.

Cell phone video showed dozens of fans waving Mexican flags and dancing in the streets.

Even though the celebrations never got violent and there were no reported arrests, the NCPD is warning people to stay off the roads for the next game.

In a statement released to 10News, they said, "We request the cooperation of soccer fans to celebrate responsibly and safely, to minimize the impact on others."'

An MTS spokesperson told 10News they plan to have a supervisor on Highland Avenue to monitor the crowd and determine if they need to adjust any bus routes or schedules.

The game is scheduled for 7 am on Wednesday, as Mexico faces Sweden in their final match in group play. It should end around 8:45, just in time for the tail end of rush hour.

Fans who celebrated Saturday say they think people will behave this time.

"People weren't doing anything ruthless or destroying things," says Danny Lopez, who was one of the fans on Highland. "If the police are going to let you come out here and be close to the streets and let you celebrate, just behave. There's no reason you couldn't do that."