Thousands attend Western vs MSU game

Posted at 10:50 PM, Sep 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-04 23:15:33-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- A big day down in Kalamazoo on Friday as Western Michigan University took on MSU.

The crowds were full of excitement, business owners were busy and police were kept on their toes.

Roughly 65,000 people were expected to be in town for the event. At this time last year, during move-in week, they dealt with riots involving around 2,000 students. Police resorted to using pepper gas and made several arrests. It's something they didn't want repeated this year.

Things were relatively quiet and officials said both schools were respectful. They also said a "better safe than sorry mentality was a no brainer for this larger event.

"We want everyone to wake up tomorrow morning and wonder why we had so many people out today," said Capt. Mallory.  “The constant theme for our officers has been how respectful the students have been - and cooperative. so that’s nice to hear.”

Other than a minor accident officials said it was smooth sailing in Kalamazoo.

MSU beat WMU 37-24.