By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Mar 25, 2014
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Life may be sweet for the Arizona Wildcats and their fans, but being in the Sweet 16 could mean Tucson is one step closer to this...
Rioters, tearing up Fourth Avenue, just like they did both times the Wildcats made it to the National Championship game.
As businesses look ahead to the possibility of a third time, they also look back. Antigone Books took the brunt of some of that violence when rioters smashed their windowfront more than a decade ago.
Now police, the university and businesses are prepping and hoping if they make it to the title game, this time will be different.
After the Wildcats' dominating game against Gonzaga, there's no denying...the 'Cats look good.
"We're going all the way baby!" an excited fan yells.
But if they do, will fans take to the streets?
"It was very intense," said Kate Randall, owner of Antigone Books. She remembers the riots and the damage.
But still, a lot of places along Fourth Avenue welcome the celebration. In fact, O'Malleys says they're keeping a tent up for extra seating until the 'Cats are out of the tournament.
O'Malleys was surrounded during the riots in 1997 and 2001. But many -- including UA's Athletic Director Greg Byrne -- hope fans will react differently this year.
"We want to make sure our university; our community; our fans are portrayed in a manner that we know we all represent," Byrne said in a social media video.
"I want people to be able to celebrate, but if they could think of others too that would be nice," Randall said.
And if they don't, police are prepared. Hundreds of officers from tucson and the university have been prepping for a sucessful run in the tournament and fan reaction for weeks.
Hoping the 'Cats do well, all the while hoping Fourth Avenue does not turn to mayhem.
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