Crowds are expected to descend on Indianapolis once again for numerous games and competitions in March. The city’s public safety officials say they're ready for the thousands of basketball fans.
The Big Ten canceled its men’s basketball tournament games in 2020 and limited attendance in 2021 due to COVID-19. This year, Big Ten fans are back for the full tournament experience.
IMPD Commander of Special Operations Brian Mahone said law enforcement has learned from the past two years.
“We do basketball and large events like this probably better than anyone else,” Mahone said.
Last year, Indianapolis successfully hosted the entire NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament with pandemic restrictions. Indiana Sports Corporation estimates an economic impact of more than $25 million with all of the sporting events coming this month.
Next week two rounds of the NCAA tournament will be played in Indianapolis. Swimming and diving championships are also being held.
IMPD says there will be increased foot and bike patrols. Commander Mahone said if IMPD does its job well no one will notice the added presence.
“We’re taking advantage of a lot of technology benefits, the City was able to help us get more cameras and a couple of years ago body cameras weren’t on the forefront but now we’ve moved into body cameras.
The past two years the city has invested millions in new technology for police. The department said it also works more closely with the health department and other agencies.