Security precautions at Houston's sporting events

By Andy Cerota - Anchor/Reporter
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HOUSTON - From Sugar Land where the Skeeters minor league baseball team plays to the Astros home turf at Minute Maid Park in Downtown Houston to BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Houston Dynamo.

Security at these venues where large sporting events take place is now front and center in the wake of the Monday's dual bomb blasts that rocked the Boston Marathon.

"A situation like that doesn't go unnoticed. We're all paying attention to it in the event business.", said Doug Hall, general manager of BBVA Compass Stadium.

At BBVA Compass stadium, spectators will still be wanded and have their bags checked and officials will continue to pay close attention to Major League Soccer's threat assessment and heighten security as needed.

Before last Sunday's game, the stadium ran what's called an integrity check and found a potential security weakness. Adjustments were made accordingly.

"Our procedures are the same. Our tactics might change a little bit.", Hall said.

The same could be said for the Houson Astros, who today, are also talking security with Major League Baseball officials.

The Sugar Land Skeeters aren't talking specifics either but team officials, who work hand in hand with
Sugar Land Police, say security is being stepped up for Thursday's season opener.

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