INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 30, 2015) – One by one, thousands of Colts fans were checked by security guards before they were able to walk into Lucas Oil Stadium.
“It does not bother me. I would rather be safe than sorry,” said a Colts fan.
The Indianapolis Colts say that they always maintain constant vigilance to protect fans at each and every game, keeping public safety their number one priority.
“I take a small bag into the game. So with me the security will use a hand held metal detector and then they check my bag. I’m okay with that.”
After the terrorist attacks in Paris, federal officials say one of their biggest concerns right now is homegrown extremists and the potential for a Paris like attack at public venues like stadiums, malls, or restaurants. The FBI’s Indianapolis field office is working with a number of public venues to monitor security.
“We have increased awareness. We can’t be oblivious to the threat that is out there, the threat’s real,” said Jay Abbott, FBI special agent in charge of the Indianapolis field office.
The Colts have increased security measures, asking fans to arrive earlier to the games to allow more time for personnel to inspect each person.
“I think that they were a little bit more careful about checking bags and coats,” said a fan at Sunday’s game.
Many of the fans say they welcome the extra security.
“After Paris I will take of the security that we can get,” said another fan.
Many also said everyone should get used to it.
“It is par for the course. It is the state of our union, and the state of the world now.”