INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thousands of football fans huddled around downtown Indianapolis Saturday night as the Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Fans for each team were draped in team colors as they walked around Monument Circle. 24-Hour News 8 also spotted parents with children in hand mailing Christmas letters to Santa in a post box nearby.
Two couples proposed under the bright Christmas lights on the Circle and there was even a wedding.
Silent protestors were scheduled to have a protest on the Circle. The protest was to draw awareness to police brutality in the country, but the group never showed.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) had a heavy police presence downtown throughout the night, giving those downtown a sense of comfort.
“It’s awesome to see all of these people out and about enjoying the festivities look at all the Christmas lights it’s great seeing everyone,” said Mike Meadorf, as he walked downtown with his wife and friends while celebrating his birthday.
Excitement over the Big Ten game is reflected in the water in Indianapolis. Even though both Ohio State and Wisconsin share red as a team color, the canal is now blue. That’s the Big Ten’s color.
Officials dyed the canal Saturday morning to show even more spirit for the championship downtown.