Safe at home
This year’s Little League Baseball World Series is drawing record-breaking crowds, which is great for the local economy – but it also means longer waiting periods at the metal detectors.
Monday’s crowd was twice the size as last year’s at that time, and everyone has to go through metal detectors and get their bags checked and tagged, said Brian McClintock, director of media relations for Little League.
“Our crowds are some of the best numbers we’ve seen in a long time,” McClintock said.
With those numbers, he wants to encourage people to give themselves extra time to get in.
The metal detectors are not a new institution, although there are more security cameras this year. It’s similar security as at an airport, he said.
With the big games Saturday and Sunday, he expects large crowds, especially with the good weather forecast.
Between 150 and 175 people work on Little League security, and all are paid staff. In order to do so, they go through an application and background check process, McClintock said.
South Williamsport Chief of Police Robert Hetner said he’s pleased with how smoothly the week has gone so far at the Series. His force coordinates with local, state and federal departments and agencies, along with the Little League, to ensure safety for all.
Both Hetner and McClintock emphasized the need for people to not just rely on security staff, but to use their own eyes and ears.
“If there’s something you’re uncomfortable with, report it. Help be our eyes and ears,” Hetner said.
Little League security is working with state police’s See Something, Send Something campaign, which
provides apps for users to report suspicious activity. McClintock also said people can report directly to Little League security.
McClintock specified one thing to look for is “any bags or packages that look out of place, that are unattended.”
So far, the enhanced security efforts are working.
“Everybody’s behaving great and having great times. It’s a great World Series a little bit over halfway through now,” McClintock said. “Every year we’re looking to improve security to provide a safe atmosphere.”
Following is a list of prohibited items at the World Series:
Alcohol or illegal drugs
Noisemakers (such as vuvuzelas, thunder sticks, air horns, etc.)
Tarps, tents or canopies
Flammable materials or incendiary devices
Beach umbrellas (small umbrellas 42 inches or less will be permitted)
Large bags or containers
Weapons of any kind
Pocket knives or guns
Utility tools (blades longer than 3 inches)
Containers with liquid (cans, plastic and aerosol containers)
For more information on the World Series, visit llbws.org.