TROY, N.Y.-- Students at UAlbany were ready to celebrate homecoming weekend with two parties in downtown Troy. But even after Troy police reached out to the party promoters beforehand to make sure things were all set, one of the parties went terribly wrong.
“Saturday night approached, come 9:30, 10:00, it became apparent to us that the students were being shuttled in from the SUNY Albany campus to the downtown but the promoter had decided to cancel his party at the atrium with no notice whatsoever,” said Captain John Cooney of the Troy Police Department.
Nearly 500 students were all in front of the Atrium Bingo Center, but the doors were locked.
YNN spoke with a UAlbany student who was listed as one of the promoters listed on the event's flyer. He confirmed that they were not given any cancelation notice.
“We had an unanticipated crowd with no venue for them to be really absorbed into,” said Cooney.
Down a couple blocks, the other homecoming party hosted by three UAlbany fraternities, was going on at Kokopelli's Night Club. The 500 students planning to party at the atrium decided to make their way down.
“With all that organized so well, obviously those plans all fell apart once the 500 people or so who had no where to go realized there was another party in town,” said Cooney.
500 students were within a one to two block area downtown with nowhere to go. Cooney said 10 other police agencies assisted Troy police with crowd control, as SUNY Albany assisted in shuttling all the students back across the river.
“The end result was no injuries, no property damage, and no arrests,’ said Cooney.
Police blocked off three streets, and businesses were forced to shutdown for the night, causing some upset. Cooney said he understood where the businesses were coming from, but said everyone should be thankful it wasn't any worse.
“It's a shame. We can't really throw blame in anybody's direction, but we can only ask those businesses to appreciate the fact that this was so well handled,” said Cooney.
YNN reached out to the Atrium Bingo Hall, but they refused to comment.