INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 6, 2014) -- Tens of thousands of extra people spent Saturday in Indianapolis for the Big Ten football game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Fans of Ohio State and the Wisconsin Badgers were out tailgating and celebrating well before the game even started.
Badgers fans will tell you they know how to tailgate, cooking up brats and hot dogs on the grill.
"That and cheese and beer," said one fan.
Ohio State fans Diane and Rick Speakman made it a birthday celebration.
"Last Saturday was my birthday, my wife surprised me. She got the tickets before we even played Michigan State, Minnesota, Indiana and Michigan," said Speakman.
His wife, Diane, says there is some rivalry, but as long as it's the Big Ten, it's fine with her.
When the population of Indianapolis swells like it does for an event like this, there has to be a good, solid plan in place to make sure everyone is safe.
"We have well over 100 officers down here, I would say, just assigned to the downtown area. The sheriff's office is also helping us, which is a huge benefit for us," said Deputy Chief Mike Bates with the Homeland Security Division of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
There were also off-duty officers inside the stadium. Everyone joining forces to protect fans like Tyronda Whitaker, who came all the way from North Carolina.
"Ohio State fans are everywhere. I met them on the plane in Raleigh, I met them on the plane in Atlanta, I met them on the plane on the way to here. I mean, amazing, I love Buckeye Nation," Whitaker said.