Listen up, sports fans. Following the bombing at the Boston Marathon, officials have tightened security in sports stadiums across the country, so here’s what you need to know.
It started with the National Hockey League ramping up security procedures last April, immediately after the bombings. We saw bomb-sniffing dogs, increased pat downs and metal detectors, and vehicles were searched in parking structures.
When baseball season began, fans were told to arrive early to deal with additional screenings.
This fall, the NFL is limiting the size and types of bags allowed at the game—no backpacks or briefcases. Even small fanny packs are banned. Coolers are also prohibited, but you can bring items in clear plastic bags that are 12 inches by 6 inches, or one-gallon bags. Expect guards to search every bag and jacket, along with pat downs and wandings.
Will this help keep you safe? A lot of experts think this is nothing more than security theater, especially with guards who are more equipped to deal with rowdy fans than terrorism.
But if it means more money is being allocated to security, training and awareness, I call that a win.
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