Hundreds of police officers patrol massive crowds during Big Ten Football Championship

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Thousands of University of Iowa and Michigan State fans flooded downtown Indianapolis for the Big Ten football championship.

“Indy is a great city, it has been wonderful here,” says a University of Iowa fan.

The massive crowds brought lots of spirit to the sold out game. But, after recent attacks in the United States and around the world, football was not the only thing on fans minds.

“Who would I look for? Where would I go? What would I do,” says a football fan thinking of their emergency plan.

With 80,000 fans around Downtown Indianapolis this weekend, there is a heightened state of awareness to protect soft targets like stadiums and restaurants. Law enforcement installed several new security cameras throughout the city to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

“You will see our mounted officers, you will see our traffic officers, you will see uniformed officers. What you won’t see are the undercover operations that occur,” says IMPD Officer Chris Wilburn.

Authorities suggest that everyone has an emergency plan in place before attending a large event. Some fans knew one important thing to do.

“I always know where my exits are,” says Michigan State fan Alexa Gugig.

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