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American Teams Urge Vigilance in Wake of Manchester Terror Attack

Bicycle officers patrol the perimeter around Quicken Loans Arena before Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland. Security was at a heightened at the game fans after Monday’s suicide bombing that killed over a dozen people at a Manchester, England, arena. Photo: AP Photo/Tony Dejak

Ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when fans flock to baseball stadiums to kick off the summer, America’s major sports leagues urged fans to be vigilant following Monday’s suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester. It also comes during the playoffs for the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Basketball Association (NBA), high-profile games that typically take place before sold-out crowds.

“We already have a very thorough and detailed security plan in place at all of our arenas to ensure the safety of our fans,” said Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL. “Obviously, with yesterday’s events, arenas have been reminded to re-double their efforts and to maximize their vigilance.”

Following the Manchester terrorist attack, the Chicago Cubs are providing $1 million to the city to help pay for an expansion of video surveillance around the Wrigley Field. Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management & Communications will install 30 cameras around the ballpark and within several blocks of the facility.

This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.

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