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FGCU students celebrated the Eagles win over San Diego State at North Lake Village on campus after the game on Sunday. School officials plan to ramp up the security detail for tonight's game.
FGCU students celebrated the Eagles win over San Diego State at North Lake Village on campus after the game on Sunday. School officials plan to ramp up the security detail for tonight's game. / Jack Hardman/news-press.com

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• Bar Louie in Gulf Coast Town Center is hosting an alumni party with a DJ and food and drink specials.
• Miller’s Ale House in Gulf Coast Town Center will have the game on.
• Germain Arena will host a free game-watching party in the main rink and in Breakaway’s Sports Pub following the Florida Everblades hockey game.
• Fort Myers Beach will show the game on a jumbo screen at Times Square, the dining and shopping area next to the Gulf pier.

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FGCU planned to increase security during tonight’s basketball game, but said so far fans have been well behaved.

The Eagles take on the Florida Gators in Texas tonight, following two unexpected NCAA wins last week that pushed the team into the national spotlight. Crowds of cheering students gathered on campus to celebrate those wins, and the school is preparing for the same tonight.

“We’re more than doubling our normal numbers so we have enough officers to assist with anything that might happen celebration-wise after the game,” University Police Chief Steven Moore said.

Moore declined to provide an exact number of patrols, but said the increase will cost the university $1,000-$1,500. There will be more officers patrolling tonight than for either game last week.

University police did not issue citations or make arrests during last Friday and Sunday’s games, Moore said.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said it has not been asked to provide security or traffic control at FGCU.

There are no official, on-campus events planned tonight, but several nearby bars and restaurants have organized Eagles parties.

Bar Louie at Gulf Coast Town Center is hosting an alumni party, as it did for the last two games. General manager Janelle Adams said the roughly 300 people there Sunday did not cause problems. The bar will not have a bouncer or extra security tonight, but bartenders will monitor how much guests drink, Adams said.

“We’ll have enough people on hand to handle it and make sure everything stays under control,” she said.

FGCU doesn’t have the room to organize such an event, spokeswoman Susan Evans said. Students and their nonstudent friends are welcome to gather spontaneously on campus as they did last week, but they will be subject to university rules including a ban on underage drinking and disruptive conduct, Evans said.

“We’re under a tremendous spotlight and it’s been extremely positive,” she said. “So we want to continue to show the world that we are a first-class organization made up of people who are very proud of our university.”

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