COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The excitement is building as the Buckeyes get ready to take on the Michigan State Spartans at the Shoe on Saturday for the season’s last home football game.
But while more than a hundred thousand fans are looking forward to filling the stadium, safety and security will be on the mind of many in light of the Paris attacks on Friday.
One of those attacks involved a bomb being detonated at a soccer match between France and Germany.
It’s because of those horrific events that authorities are beefing up security near Ohio Stadium on Saturday.
“We are enhancing security, putting some more safety personnel on hand,” said Dan Hedman, spokesperson for The Ohio State University.
Hedman said extra uniformed officers and additional canine units will be patrolling the area.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, county authorities have installed additional cameras around the stadium to monitor any suspicious activity.
Sgt. Rich Weiner explained fans should not be hesitant to come to the football game.
“The public needs to be reassured anytime that there is an OSU home game we are working with both federal, state, and local authorities. We have a good work relationship. We share information,” said Weiner.
In addition to heightened security, OSU will allow only clear bags in Ohio Stadium. No backpacks will be permitted.
Tony Mollica, general manager for The Varsity Club, said he will not allow people to bring bags into his bar.
“We usually let people bring in a small bag, but we’re not going to do that this game,” he said. “Being so close to this game and obviously, probably our biggest game of the year, biggest home game at least, I immediately thought about it and what we could do to make this a safer place.”