INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Sunday’s football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the first time the Colts stepped back on the field in Lucas Oil Stadium since the deadly attack in Paris and the attack on a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a result, security is even tighter at the Colts’ home.
Mike Bates with the Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security said typically there are “well over 200 officers” from different agencies patrolling the area around Lucas Oil Stadium, including 70 officers who are responsible for traffic. Bates said more officers have been added to the game day security team and will keep watch of the secondary perimeter area about “a couple of hundred feet outside the gate.”
Colts fan Nancy Gahl said, “I’m grateful that they’re doing it. I think we may be safer now than ever when they have more security here watching out for us.”
Another Colts fan, Mike Miller, said, “We appreciate it. You can’t turn a corner without seeing police officers. They’re out here to serve and protect and you can tell that’s what they’re doing and we appreciate all of them.”
Bates said Lucas Oil Stadium is one of about a dozen NFL stadiums that are beefing up security in the shadow of the recent attacks.
The Colts released this statement:
“Public safety at our games is always at a heightened state of alert. We have excellent partners in law enforcement, Lucas Oil Stadium, the NFL and others that maintain a constant vigilance. Given the topic, and even more with the nature of recent events, we perpetually make improvements. However, we do not typically release detailed changes in process or procedures. Some may become obvious to the general public, others may not. As a reminder, the NFL and Colts recommend fans attending a game at Lucas Oil Stadium bring only those items deemed necessary. Referencing bags: Please be CLEAR on GAMEDAY SAFETY and visit www.nfl.com/allclear.”