Heightened Security For Games At Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field
There were a "few more uniformed officers outside the stadium than normal" for last night's D'Backs-Yankees game at Yankee Stadium in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Yankees said that their "policy is not to comment on security measures" at the ballpark, adding that they are "working with all levels of law enforcement to ensure a safe environment" (ESPNNY.com, 4/16). Uniformed and plain-clothed officers "seemed to be everywhere on the streets" (Bergen RECORD, 4/17). There was a "rare uniform NYPD presence at the gates" at 1:30pm ET yesterday, and the number of bomb-sniffing dogs was increased inside the ballpark (N.Y. POST, 4/17).
Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” which the Red Sox traditionally play during home games, was played on the Yankee Stadium PA system after the third inning. The gesture was in honor of the victims of the bombings. YES’ Michael Kay said, “It’s a nice moment here at the Stadium as we stand united with the people of Boston … We are thinking of our friends to the north” (“D’Backs-Yankees,” YES, 4/16).
Meanwhile, there was "heightened security" at last night's Rangers-Cubs game at Wrigley Field. A bomb-sniffing dog "swept the field before fans arrived, some trash cans were removed from the park and police were out in force" (ABCLOCAL.com, 4/16).