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New entertainment district managers talk security

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Posted By: Camila Orti
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In just a few weeks, the long awaited entertainment district will open. Many are excited, but some are a little nervous that it could become another problem area for Lincoln Police.

It's been under construction for more than a year, and once the new Haymarket Entertainment District is finished, it''ll be a hub for Lincoln nightlife.

Lincoln Chief of Police Jim Peschong says he's concerned that it could become another crime hot-spot.

"I really hope that the entertainment district does not turn into another 14th and O [Street], if that turns into another 14th and O, we have problems," Peschong said.

Peschong added, he wouldn't have enough officers to go around.

"So this truly is going to have to wind up being a strong partnership between the police department and the business community down there," Peschong said.

The Railyard is going to be like a giant sidewalk café within the entertainment district, an enclosed area where people can walk around between restaurants and bars with open containers.

Railyard event planner Stefanie Warner says security is all taken care of.

Security guards from a private company will be on site to make sure everybody is behaving.

"We just want to make sure that everyone is able to enjoy themselves, and we definitely will be cracking down on over-serving," Warner said.

Ambassadors from the same company will also be available to serve as guides and give advice.

"Or they may just say, 'hey, we'd really appreciate it if you pulled your pants up,'" Warner said.

It's true- a dress code will be enforced, but nothing patrons of other Lincoln bars and restaurants haven't seen before.

"The Power and Light District in Kansas City, they also have a dress code and a code of conduct, many bars downtown in the evenings enforce a dress code, this really isn't any different," Warner said.

People will be asked to not wear clothing that has profanity or contains anything that could be considered weapons, like chains.

Warner says she just wants people to feel like they're in a classy environment.

A handful of businesses should be open for the first Husker game on Aug. 31, but the grand opening of the Railyard won't be for a few weeks after that.

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