PITTSBURGH -- Monday's bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon have led many sports organizations -- including the Cardinals -- to review security measures at ballparks, arenas and stadiums across the country.
Joe Walsh, the Cardinals' director of security, has reached out to the St. Louis office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the city police department and Major League Baseball security representatives to determine whether additional security is recommended at Busch Stadium, according to team spokesman Ron Watermon.
Because an increased threat-level warning has not been issued by the government, the Cardinals do not anticipate making any security changes.
"The safety of our guests and our employees is our No. 1 priority," Watermon said. "This event in Boston has caused us to look at what we do and forced us to ask the question of whether there is more that we should do."
Patrons entering all National Football League venues are subject to patdowns or wand searches as part of a league-wide security measure, and most National Hockey League arenas follow those same procedures. That's not the case across MLB.
Since the attacks of Sept.11, the Cardinals have inspected all bags that fans bring into Busch Stadium. The organization permits fans to bring in food, beverage and soft-sided coolers. That is not expected to change. Watermon added that the Cardinals have a large contingent of secondary police officers within the ballpark and have trained event staff to look for potential threats.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less