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Vancouver puts together new Stanley Cup plan

03/22/2012 12:58 EDT | Updated 05/22/2012 05:12 EDT

The City of Vancouver is putting the final touches on its plan for the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs in hopes of preventing a repeat of last year's riot.

Deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston says the sensational outburst of violence last June was a result of several things including having too many people in too small an area drinking too much booze,

This year will be different, he says. Instead of one large site in the downtown core, the city wants to create a number of small neighbourhood-based celebration sites

"That's one of the things we are looking at as opposed to the large, large celebrations all in one place."

Johnston wouldn't say whether they'll allow street closures and downtown live sites, but did say plans are to limit the number of people, and the amount of alcohol, coming into the downtown core.

To do that the city is expecting police outside of Vancouver to vigorously enforce liquor laws.

"The key strategy is working with our partners on liquor, to address the number of people coming into downtown and the amount of alcohol they might bring with them."

City manager Penny Ballem is expected to update the city council next week with more specifics on the plan.

Vancouver police say so far 75 suspects are facing a total of 197 criminal charges for participating in the riot that broke out after the Canucks lost the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals last June.

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