Fans still hesitant about safety downtown during playoffs

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- As the city announces heightened security measures during the Bucks playoff run, some fans are still concerned about potential violence.

"It really sucks that this is what has come to, but I kind of want the playoffs to be over as soon as possible here," fan Miranda Schneider said Friday.

"I don't plan on coming to Water or Third Street while this is happening."

After a playoff game last year 21 people were shot, including 17 in one incident alone, and for one fan, that night is hard to forget.

"I was at the game, and that was scary," Zack Akel said. "I would be a little nervous going for sure this year."

Akel said he still wants to support the team and may consider watching the game inside Fiserv Forum.

"I don't know if I'm going to be going to the watch parties per se, but going inside in the stadium definitely feels safer than being outside," he explained.

Another fan tells CBS 58 he is also planning to attend one of the playoff games but will not be sticking around the area too long after it ends.

"I'm not really going to be lurking outside the stadium too much. So, not really nervous about it that much," Zack Eugene said.

The "leave it at home" plan announced Friday, which encourages you to keep valuables and guns at home during the playoffs, is not changing how some feel about what others might do.

"If there's a scuffle that breaks out or whatever, I think people are going to end up, you know, bringing out their weapons," Akel said. "I mean, the people that want to do that stuff are not going to listen."

The Bucks will play the Miami Heat at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Fiserv Forum.

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