Police have blocked off Market and 20th streets in downtown Denver(Photo: Christine Noel, 9NEWS)
DENVER – Excited fans prompted the Denver Police
Department to close multiple streets downtown Sunday night after the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
DPD did not allow vehicles to enter downtown as fans flooded the streets in a mostly peaceful celebration.
The light rail stopped coming to the LoDo area (though rides out of it continued), and the MallRide was temporarily shut down due to the large crowds.
There was heavy traffic in the area as DPD shut down the Interstate 25 ramps into downtown Denver, including at 38th Avenue, Speer Boulevard and 20th and 23rd streets.
It all happened amid a heavy police presence that was a precaution in wake of previous riots following team wins, like the last time the Broncos won the Super Bowl and when the Colorado Avalanche brought home the Stanley Cup.
Broncos fans pouring out of bars downtown were met with police and, in some places, pepper spray Sunday evening.
As of 5 a.m. Monday, police had made 12 arrests. A police car sustained some damage, and no police were injured.
The Denver Police Department is not allowing vehicles to enter downtown Denver, according to a tweet sent at around 9:20 p.m. Sunday. 9NEWS at 5 p.m. 02/07/16. KUSA
Market and 20th is one huge #Broncos#SB50 victory party. #9Newspic.twitter.com/B8yUrEfjAs— Jonathan Gonzalez (@Jonathan9NEWS) February 8, 2016
9NEWS reporter Nelson Garcia said a couch was set on fire at 29th Avenue and Huron Street following the win, and fans were seen pushing down trash cans.
People parading down Federal Blvd. celebrating #Broncos win. #9Newspic.twitter.com/mvnrCrdy2Q— Victoria Sanchez (@VictoriaSanchez) February 8, 2016
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