BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University’s Big Ten matchup with number one ranked Ohio State on Saturday afternoon is sold out. Almost 53,000 fans will pack Memorial Stadium to see the unbeaten Hoosiers try to put an early damper on the Buckeyes’ hope for a national championship.
With those crowds come more work for police.
“Hoosier nation is really, really pumped and excited for this game,” said Jeremy Gray, Associate Athletic Director at Indiana University.
Come Saturday, all the seats at Memorial Stadium will be full. IU students are hopeful the Hoosiers will pull out a victory.
“This year could be the year, you never know,” said Brady Covalent.
“I think we really stand a shot,” said Brian Alberti.
The capacity crowd of 52,929 is the first sellout at IU Memorial Stadium since Michigan played in Bloomington in 2010.
“On our end, not really different than other games. Obviously this week we expect a lot more people to be here,” said Lt. Andy Stephenson, with IU Police.
Stephenson said more officers are helping out this game. IU Police added crews from the Owen County Sheriff’s Department and Spencer Police, in addition to the usual in town help from Bloomington Police and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
Additional officers will work directing traffic at intersections, with traffic expected to be an issue as overflow lots will be used.
“Athletics has acquired shuttle services to shuttle people to and from these lots,” said Stephenson.
As students count down to kickoff, so do police, reminding fans to safely enjoy this time in the spotlight.
“Be cognizant of your surroundings. Make good choices. If anyone sees anything they feel to be suspicious, let us know immediately so we can act on it,” Stephenson said.
Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. IU said the sellout crowd will make it one of the university’s four largest football crowds in history.
Indiana University is working with INDOT and construction crews to minimize traffic delays Saturday because of ongoing work in the area.