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Establishing A Final Four ‘Clean Zone’ In Sundance Square

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – In the coming days, Sundance Square will transform into the national hub for Final Four basketball coverage.

But the Fort Worth City Council is working to make sure the square doesn’t change too much. After all, it’s national exposure for the city.

“The city’s worked with us and will be working with us tonight on regulations regarding closing streets, making sure the views of courthouse and things around the plaza will be great for the camera shots, but there’s a lot that coordination behind it,” said Sundance Square President & CEO Johnny Campbell.

The city is mapping out an area around Sundance Square and down the length of Main Street as a temporary “clean zone”.

During Final Four festivities the city will ban tents, outdoor tables or the construction of any temporary structures.  There won’t be any vendors on the streets and they’ll be cracking down on scalpers.  Even portable signs, flags and temporary outdoor advertising will be off limits.

The idea is to portray to a national TV audience the same Sundance Square they’d see if they visited Fort Worth.

There’s another reason for the clean zone restrictions – security.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said, “If the police know exactly who should be there and who shouldn’t be there it makes the security much easier, makes the crowd control much easier too.”

The city council is expected to approve the clean zone proposal Tuesday night.  The clean zone will go into effect the Friday before the Final Four games and last until the championship game ends Monday night.

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