Philadelphia police staging to handle post-Super Bowl crowds

Philadelphia police are preparing for what could be one of the biggest celebrations in the city's history.

Very large crowds of people are expected to flood the streets after the big game.

If the Eagles win tonight, authorities anticipate least 12,000 fans to pour into the popular Cottman and Frankford area. And they will be met by more than 300 police officers trying to keep the peace.

There will be four check points that fans must pass through to enjoy themselves.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross says while they must keep everyone safe. They also want fans to have a good time celebrating.

Police have also requested bars serve customers drinks in plastic cups.

Something to keep in mind over the next several hours: If you're driving into the city, be careful where you park.

Parking restrictions are in effect right now on Broad Street from Arch to Pine and around City Hall, and from Dickinson to Oregon Avenue. These parking restrictions will be in effect until 3 a.m.

FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reports that the center median on South Broad Street was mostly clear of cars during the first half.

City trash trucks were also readying to block streets during the potential celebration.

And bicycle units were already staged near Independence Mall. Bike cops and mounted units are key to security, Schratwieser reported.