Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston police and the Red Sox organization today will outline security plans for the World Series and urge fans to respect the city when the first two games are played at Fenway Park this week.
“Boston is the best sports town in America and it’s great to welcome the Red Sox back to play for another World Series title,” Menino said in a statement. “I encourage everyone to be responsible and respectful while supporting our team. We want these games to be a safe and fun experience for everyone, everywhere.’’
Since the Boston Marathon bomb attacks in April, police have been especially tense about large crowds. The July 4th fireworks at the Esplanade brought a crush of officers and state troopers, resulting in unprecedented levels of security that officials said would become the norm.
The World Series at a revered institution like Fenway Park is expected to bring more anxiety among law enforcement about potential attacks in addition to the usual concerns about crowd control, one police official said.
In a statement from his office, Menino said he would discuss security plans at a press conference today at City Hall. Those plans include enforcing laws that prohibit underage drinking or consumption of alcohol in public places. The city has also alerted 200 restaurants and bars in the neighborhood to keep people from congregating outside, and to clear the sidewalks outside their businesses by the end of the fifth inning.
The city has also issued parking restrictions for the neighborhood around Fenway Park on game days.