Police made 14 arrests after disappointed fans, most of them students, gathered on the campus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst after the New England Patriots were defeated 21-17 by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
Police were called in to disperse approximately 1,500 fans who gathered on the school's campus after the game ended and their beloved Patriots lost.
Marissa Faldasz, a junior at the school, videotaped what happened from her fourth floor dorm room. Faldasz told ESPN that students were yelling "USA...USA" while throwing beer cans and rolls of toilet paper. She said, As soon as the game ended, students came running from all across the campus.
The video shows a large group of students, mostly just standing around. Smoke bombs are thrown and the majority of people retreated. Police dressed in riot gear, some on horseback, others on foot, and one with a dog then moved in. One man can be seen fighting with one officer before being taken down.
Police in Boston, assisted by officers from neighbouring departments, were out in force in case of trouble. But as reported by AP, things were relatively quiet after the game ended. Disappointed fans left sports bars and other venues where they watched the game and quietly went home. The only trouble in the area was at UMass-Amherst.
Although what happened on the campus is already being referred to as the "Super Bowl Riot 2012", it hardly seemed to be a riot. A university spokesman, Ed Blaguszewski, was quoted in the Boston Globe saying, I would characterize this a disturbance, a number of fights broke out.
According to the school, despite fights breaking out, there were no serious injuries requiring hospitalization and no reports of property damage.
Of the 14 arrested, 13 were students at the school. Their names will be forwarded to the Dean's office for possible disciplinary action.
According to Massachusetts Live, this was not the first time there has been trouble at UMass-Amherst after a sporting event. Seven people were arrested in 2008 when the Giants also defeated the Pats to win the Super Bowl. Students also rioted in 2002 when the Patriots won the Super Bowl, defeating the St. Louis Rams.
These outbreaks were not confined to football. Several disturbances occurred in 2004 when the Boston Red Sox made it to the American League playoffs and the World Series.