Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS -- It's four days until the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide meet up in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and the football teams aren't alone in preparing for the big game.
The city of New Orleans is bracing for a wave of football fans expected to descend on the Crescent City for the BCS Championship, and security measures are in place to keep the large crowds safe.
"This is a historic match up. We expect the 'Dome to be packed. It'll be a sell out crowd," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
The New Orleans Police Department is teaming up with the Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish sheriff's offices as well as the Louisiana State Police to beef up patrols in the coming days.
"There will be 740 officers around the Superdome and French Quarter. Our neighborhood [police] districts will be fully staffed, this is going to be an event where we want to show the best of New Orleans," Landrieu said.
The city says 250,000 people are expected to come to town from now until Monday night.
During Thursday's news conference, law enforcement agencies reminded the public to follow the rules or face the consequences.
"Very important for us to remember to impress upon the visitors that are here, we want them to certainly have a good time and enjoy themselves and not make it my way," said Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman.
Increased patrols is just one of a string of security measures being put into place as Tiger and Tide fans arrive to town. The Superdome is currently in "security lockdown mode." 'Dome officials say visitors entering and leaving the facility are required to pass through metal detectors.
On BCS game night, football fans will see even more security.
"We'll have full pat-down procedures in place, and prohibited items won't be allowed into the building," said SMG Vice President Doug Thornton.
The Superdome is asking people to leave backpacks, noise makers, weapons, pets, large signs and vulgar/offensive clothing or signs at home.
Important security steps to let both football players and fans have a memorable and safe BCS Championship night.
'Dome officials also say the BCS game will not be broadcast inside Champions Square to help control crowds in and around the 'Dome.