A private management company will take over parking enforcement to free up police to look for other crimes.
The management company for the Lennox Center, along Olentangy River Road, will enforce the strict no-parking rule at the shopping center.
Clinton Township police said that football fans traditionally do not obey the parking rules at the Lennox Center.
“They’re parking and walking straight for the stadium,” said Lt. Anthony Pfeifer of the Clinton Township Police Department.
This year, with the help of the Lennox Center, police will focus on other problems.
“We’re looking out for the drunk driver, looking out for people who are intoxicated and open containers that lead to other crimes, littering, people using bushes for restrooms,” Pfeifer said.
Pfeifer said that police will continue their lookout after the game, too.
According to Pfeifer, that means police will be looking for cars trying to cut through parking lots to avoid traffic, creating bottlenecks for those who are not involved with the Buckeye game.
“We’re not here to ruin anyone’s fun,” Pfeifer said. “If you’re out here having a good time and doing what you’re supposed to be doing is proper and right and not being a total jerk about the whole thing, we’re not going to bother you.”
Saturday will be the first day of this new enforcement at Lennox.
Clinton Township police said other home games will be chosen at random.
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