Memphis police say they are prepared for a busy weekend

There's already a sea of blue outside the Liberty Bowl.  Many Tiger fans setting up early for Saturday's early game.

"We try to make it big for every game," says fan Greg Hollenbeck.  "But obviously there's a lot more people at this one and that makes it a lot more fun," he adds.

But the bigger the crowd, the bigger the concerns.  That's why Memphis Police are planning unprecedented patrols.

"We want to make sure these venues are safe for everyone," says Sgt. Vince Higgins.

Police recently ramped up their game-plan for special events.  In addition to uniformed cops, Tactical, Bomb, and K-9 teams are on duty.

"And we have Task Force details patrolling the tail-gating area to make sure things don't get out of hand in that area," says Higgins.

Most fans tell Action News 5 that crime has not been a concern in the past, but the extra patrols are reassuring.

"In the past, there hasn't been that much police presence out here," says Hollenbeck.

"I do feel safer this year, cause I have seen them around," says fan Sandy Brock.

Police say the increased emphasis at special events is two fold.  Big crowds bring the potential threat of terrorism.

And there's the opportunity for street level crooks to prey on unsuspecting fans.

"That's why we want to make sure we do everything we can on this end to make it safe for everyone," says Higgins.

Officers patrolling the big game are in addition to those already working the adjacent Mid-South Fair.