Police increase patrols as Big Ten fans flood downtown Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Thousands of basketball fans from across the country are flooding downtown Indianapolis this weekend for the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.
“It is like a zoo, everywhere you look you see everyone in their teams colors. You see Michigan State Green, Purdue Black and Gold, and the Indiana Red,” says a fan.
Amongst the thousands of basketball fans will be extra police and emergency personnel from several local and state agencies. Officers will be spread out around the city to make sure help is nearby if you need it.
“From our traffic officers to our bike officers and regular uniformed officers on patrol. You will definitely see an increased presence of uniformed officers out here,” says IMPD Sgt. Kendall Adams.
Each Big Ten team has a designated bar around the city and police have been working with those bars to make sure they are prepared to handle the crowds of rowdy basketball fans.
“They talk about hiring additional staff to ensure that all of the visitors of that particular establishment are safe,” says Sgt. Adams.
The Big Ten tournament is not the only game in town this weekend.
“Tomorrow is a big day just like today. We have three or four 5K runs throughout the day and then the Blarney Bash tomorrow night,” says Chief of Homeland Security Gary Coons.
Plus the NCAA Division II men’s and women’s swimming and diving championships are being held too. After hosting the Big Ten tournament more than half a dozen times, officer are prepared to handle the crowds.
“I can not see it being anything but a great weekend,” says a fan.