Cubs stepping up security at Wrigley Field for current homestand, removing garbage cans from ballpark exterior

A bomb-sniffing dog at work inside Wrigley Field before gates opened prior to the Cubs' game against the Texas Rangers, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
April 16, 2013 3:58:03 PM PDT
The Chicago Cubs have announced some security enhancements the team will make for the remaining games of its homestand versus the Texas Rangers.

STATEMENT FROM THE CHICAGO CUBS AND SECURITY CONCERNS:

"We are all saddened and shocked by yesterday's events, and our thoughts go out to those individuals and families whose lives have been impacted. We will continue to make the safety and the safety of all Wrigley Field guests and patrons our priority.

The Chicago Cubs have announced some security enhancements the team will make for the remaining games of its homestand versus the Texas Rangers.

All ballpark personnel will operate with a heightened awareness. If anything looks suspicious, personnel are directed to notify supervisors.

We will reinforce safety and security protocols at pre game meetings.

Chicago Police will have a canine unit outside of the facility

Stepped up police presence will be in the neighborhood for the games

All garbage cans are being removed from the exterior of Wrigley Field.

Please note there are numerous security processes and procedures we employ for all of our events and games which include:

All bags exceeding the maximum size of 16 x 16 x 8 inches are not allowed into the ballpark.

All bags must be thoroughly inspected before they are permitted into the ballpark.

Our staff is trained by the ATF and the Chicago Police department bomb squad in reviewing the procedures for identifying suspicious packages. This training includes a presentation of Department of Homeland Security best practices as well.

We employee off duty Chicago Police officers as an additional layer to our ballpark security.

The Chicago Police provide dedicated uniformed officers around Wrigleyville for all of our events.

We conduct a pregame facility inspection on each day before the ballpark gates open.

We have over 250 event operations members working each of our events."


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