Security part of focus for Big Ten Tournament

(WISH file photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Big Ten fans have returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the annual basketball tournament.

Investigators have placed security measures in place for the tournament to ensure fan safety. Indianapolis Homeland Security says they will monitor the crowds.

Gary Coons, Chief of Indianapolis Homeland Security, shared some of the security measures in place with 24-Hour News 8. Those included a bomb sniffing K9, extra patrols and hidden cameras.

In addition to those security measures, crews are keeping tabs on national and current events.

“You have to keep your guard up for anything going on if it is foreign or domestic,” said Coons.

Those in attendance locally and from out of town didn’t seem to mind or notice the extra security measures.

“I have no reason not to feel safe,” said Eric Winston, a Spartan Fan.

Even players and coaches are not immune to the security measures. Each Big Ten team must go through a bomb sniffing K9 to ensure no dangerous items are taken inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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