Around 100,000 people expected in Indianapolis this weekend; safety plan in place

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 8, 2015) -- Indianapolis is going to be the place to be this weekend. With several large events and a big concert downtown Saturday and the Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), it is going to be busy. There is a plan in place to make sure everyone is protected. It takes team work between police and you.

At IMS, excitement is building ahead of the second Grand Prix race. An estimated 40,000 people will come to the track for it and security is tight.

"When you come in, we'll check your coolers, we don't want people to bring glass in, we just want to make sure things in coolers are appropriate," said Doug Boles, IMS President.

Considering it's not as big as the Indianapolis 500, Boles doesn't expect there to be any gate issues. State troopers are watching with their eyes and surveillance cameras are at specific points throughout the track. Boles expects things to run smoothly.

"People aren't here for as long as they are for the Indy 500, so the coolers don't tend to quite as big and often times people are coming to that event and just buying concessions when they're here. Our biggest concern though is what are our customers bringing through the gates when they come in," Boles added.

A lot of people will be heading from the track to downtown Indianapolis.

"You're probably gonna see in between 50 and 60,000 people," said Chief of Indianapolis Homeland Security Gary Coons.

There is the 500 Festival Kid's Day on Monument Circle, a block party on Georgia Street leading up to the Kenny Chesney concert. Having crowds for events like that require officers in uniform and some in regular clothes. As always, if you see something, say something.

"I think if they just enjoy themselves, have a good time, but stay vigilant. If they see something that just doesn't seem right, just to say something," Coons said.

If weather poses a threat, you need to pay attention to the sky. If you hear thunder or see lightning, go inside.

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