Sunday, September 16, 2001

Stadium security under review

Baseball's new rules won't change much here

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        New parking security measures adopted by Major League Baseball won't affect Reds fans because they are already in place at Cinergy Field, a spokesman said.

        The measures include the prohibition of unauthorized parking within 100 feet of any ballpark exterior, daily inspections of parking lots and the removal of unattended vehicles.

        “Those are policies that most teams have in place anyway,” Reds spokesman Rob Butcher said. “These procedures aren't a surprise to us or Central Parking. It's just a reminder to keep your eyes open much more now than a week ago.”

        He suspects that security will be tighter at Cinergy than at most other ballparks because parking is so close to the stadium.

        The Reds resume play Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs at Cinergy.

        Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune said he wants clarification on the new parking measures being required by Major League Baseball.

        He said he also wants an assessment by public safety officials — including Cincinnati police, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and emergency management personnel — on whether MLB's measures go far enough. If not, he wants additional safety measures put in place at Cinergy, as well as Paul Brown Stadium.

        “What I want is for our public safety officials to evaluate what Major League Baseball has suggested and tell me if what they suggested is appropriate or adequate.”

        “The bottom line is: We will do whatever we have to do to address legitimate safety issues at this time,” Mr. Portune said. “I think everybody acknowledges America today is different than it was a week ago and we're operating under a whole new set of circumstances.”


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