Valley steps up security at stadiums in light of terror attacks

FOX 10's Steve Krafft reports.

- Next month, the eyes of the college football world will be on Glendale, Arizona and security will be on top of everyone's minds following the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.

This is one of the places crowds will gather: downtown Phoenix. Events will start Friday, January 8th. The big game in Glendale is Monday, January 11th and security plans are in place.

Public safety and law enforcement leaders at University of Phoenix stadium -- all with the same mission: make sure the college football playoff championship goes off without a hitch.

"We are well aware while most people view this game as an exciting culmination of the season, others may see these events as an inviting target on a worldwide stage," said Glendale Police Chief Debora Black.

In the days before the game, there will be huge crowds in downtown Phoenix for playoff fan events, similar to the NFL Experience before the Super Bowl last February.

Another huge crowd outside the stadium on game day and over 75,000 people inside for the College Football Playoff Championship.  That's a lot of people to keep safe.

"We have been reviewing intelligence and info pertinent to the events throughout the world.  At this moment, no threats to Phoenix or the championship game. However we will not hesitate to adjust our security posture as appropriate to protect the citizens of Arizona and the United States," said Special Agent in Charge Douglas Price.

The Mayor of Glendale says this team is ready.

"We have hosted two Super Bowls, Pro Bowl, nine Fiesta Bowls, two BCS Championships, Wrestlemania, concerts and Cardinals since 2006.. soon to be Super Bowl champs," said Mayor Jerry Weiers.

Everyone enjoying the event has a role to play too.  The message we heard on Thursday -- and it's a familiar one: "If you see something, say something."  That's a way to help everyone stay safe.

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