During the pontiff's visit, interstate exit ramps closed as part of security overseen by the Secret Service, given that the pope was a head of state. Police warned St. Louisians who worked downtown to either take the day off or use public transportation to avoid long traffic jams. Several businesses simply shut down for the two days.
With the Final Four, the police chief isn't worrying so much.
"Everyone knows it's going to be exciting," Mokwa said. "I think people will have a good time and enjoy the weekend."