ATLANTA — As the post-National Championship hangover continues, Atlanta Police say one of the largest College Football events went off with relative ease.
According to the department, there were no major incidents during the game and related events. Officers did respond to a around 30 of reports typically associated with large events, including suspicious packages, thefts from vehicles and property thefts. None of the reported suspicious packages were deemed to be a danger.
Police did make eight arrests on game day inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, however. Officials said three were arrested related to two separate fights. Five were arrested after trying to get in to the game with counterfeited event credentials.
"We truly hope they felt the visibility and presence of the hundreds of law enforcement officers from APD and other local, state and federal agencies who worked tirelessly over the weekend and through Monday's game to ensure their safety," police said in a statement. "We are grateful to the public for ensuring a smooth event and to our many law enforcement partners for the collaboration and planning to pull it off."
The weekend was not without hiccups, however. After the game Monday, many MARTA riders had to deal with lengthy delays caused by several issues related to heavy ridership.