ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – When the last out is made in Game 7 of the World Series this evening, the night will just be getting started for dozens of St. Louis city police officers assigned to crowd control inside and outside of Busch Stadium.
City police chief Dan Isom knows that emotions will be running high whether the Cards win or lose tonight, and things can quickly turn explosive as fans express either their exuberance or their frustration with the outcome of the World Series.
“Primarily what we’re trying to do is make sure we have visibility around the stadium, as well as in close proximity,” Isom tells KMOX News.
That will include a mix of uniformed officers and others in plainclothes mixing in with the crowd as it departs Busch Stadium tonight.
Chief Isom’s counting, in part, on the congenial nature that Cards fans are universally known for to keep any rowdy behavior in check.
“We have great and very respectful fans, and they know how to celebrate and enjoy themselves,” Isom points out. “And so it’s rare in St. Louis that we have those types of problems.”
As for the series finale falling on a weekend night, Isom notes that when the Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers in Game 7 in 2006, that also fell on a Friday night and relatively few problems were reported after the game as exultant fans flooded the streets.
But again, Isom’s leaving nothing to chance, he hopes, but having extra officers on the beat tonight.
He says they’ll be paying extra attention to parking lots around the stadium in case any would-be thieves decide to try and take advantage of all the commotion and break into cars.
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