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Moscow police separate the state to keep the peace

Moscow police separate the state to keep the peace

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on November 12, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 2:26 AM

How important do you think the Bronco-Vandal rivalry is to the state of Idaho?

If the Moscow Police Department has its way, Bronco and Vandal fans will not be mixing with each other at all during tailgate parties before Friday's rivalry game.

Moscow Lt. Dave Lehmitz told the KTVB news crew that police are physically separating the fans this year because of problems that occured two years ago when the teams last played each other in the Kibbie Dome.

This year Bronco fans are being told to park at the University's golf course, which is above the Kibbie Dome.

Vandal fans will be next to the Dome in the usual tailgating area.

Lt. Lehmitz would not go on record to say the separation is because the two groups can't get along. In his words this is being done to "move the crowds into the Kibbie Dome in a more efficient manner."

The Moscow police force has doubled its presence on the University of Idaho campus.  Eighteen uniformed officers, including four from the Boise Police Department will watch the crowds.

Also watching, a new camera mounted inside the Kibbie Dome right beneath the center scoreboard. Police added that security measure this season. It allows them to monitor alcohol consumption and unruly behavior during the game.

You can watch the 40th meeting between these two teams yourself.  We start our live pre-game show at 5 p.m. and take you right up to kick off at 7pm.  The game is on ESPN2.