Indianapolis public safety officials heighten security for Big Ten Championship

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Dec. 4, 2015)– All eyes will be on Indianapolis Saturday night. Thousands of college football fans will be downtown to cheer on their favorite team. However, with roughly 80,000 people coming to Indy this weekend there is a heightened security risk

The Big Ten Championship game will cast a national spotlight on the Circle City and in the aftermath of the attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, public safety leaders in central Indiana are preparing for the worst.

“Yes, we are at risk in Indiana for violent situations and we simply want people to be as ready as possible,” said John Erikson with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

However, the fans FOX59 caught up with are only worried about winning the championship.

“In general, I always have a baseline concern but they are actually such rare events that most cases are fine and the security around here looks pretty darn good so far​,” said Iowa Hawkeye fan Shay O’Mara.

At 68-years-old,  if the lord wants me he’s got me.  I’m not that concerned about it,” said Iowa Hawkeye fan Jim Finnessy.

There will be an increased number of uniformed and undercover officers and there will be cameras positioned throughout the city.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security doesn’t want fans to be afraid but they do want you to have a plan in case something goes wrong.

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