Although the Dayton Flyers had the city buzzing with an unexpected run to the Elite Eight in the 2014 NCAA tournament, their success ended up costing the city quite a bit of money.
Dayton students flooded campus streets several times after the team pulled off upsets during the tournament. The students—and the university's president—had a good time, but it's not as much fun now that the bill has arrived.
According to the Dayton Daily News' Steve Bennish and Jessica Heffner, the celebrations cost taxpayers more than $57,000 in overtime to fund police officers from 13 jurisdictions.
Here are some of the details on the number of police officers who were called to the scene:
Police were dispatched from UD, Dayton, Five Rivers MetroParks, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Patrol, Brookville, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miami Twp., Riverside, Oakwood, Sinclair Community College and Vandalia. Between the three days of celebrations, a total of 350 officers patrolled the campus.
The financial cost was also great. Dayton police incurred $35,476.96 in overtime, while UD Police paid out $15,663.47 for extra staffing. Kettering police shelled out the next highest amount for overtime, $3,767.05 over the three days they sent additional officers to the campus. For the one day Miami Twp. police responded, they paid $1,100 in overtime. The 13 jurisdictions that assisted accrued a combined $57,107.69 in overtime costs. The university will not reimburse the departments.
It was a special time for the city of Dayton, Ohio, so Flyers students celebrated the only way they knew how. Unfortunately for the taxpayers, the team's success turned out to be costly.