Sporting Events Boost Security after Las Vegas Shooting
Several sporting arenas boosted security after a lone gunman killed 58 people at an outdoor concert.
Just one week after a lone gunman killed 58 people and injured 500 more at an outdoor concert, sporting events around the country decided to boost security.
Over the weekend, several major sporting events saw increased security as a result of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Several baseball, professional and college football games saw a spike in security officers and screening processes when entering the stadiums for the games.
In Boston, the Red Sox increased security at Fenway Park for Game 3 of the AL Divison Series against the Houston Astros. A spokesman confirmed that the police presence was in response to news reports of the Las Vegas shooter, but did not confirm a specific threat to the ball game.
During the game, several fans pointed out that there was an increase in security, but also a few police on the roof of Fenway Park.
In addition to the additional screening of fans and increase in police and security officers, a comprehensive sweep of the ballpark was completed by Explosive Ordinance Detection teams who remained onsite during the game.
In Chicago, Wrigley Field saw very similar security practices as in Boston. The Cubs and the city of Chicago increased patrols around the ballpark and increased the amount of screening that each fan went through in order to enter the game.
The city of Chicago was also securing a Columbus Day Parade as well as a football game as the Bears played the Vikings in town. Additional security as requested for each event in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
All over the country college football stadiums, parades and festivals saw additional security as well as police and federal agencies try to prevent an attack that some are calling the "unpreventable."