ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – While tonight’s soccer match will bring an international flavor to Busch Stadium, it is also bringing extra security.
Security measures actually started Tuesday night with increased patrols and additional bomb sweeps. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says planning with city, county, state and federal authorities began shortly after the game was announced and while there are no known threats against the match, extra layers of security have been added.
“Expect to see canine and expect to see the fire department working with the hazmat teams doing air sampling, things of that nature,” he said. “The canines are there as an extra layer of protection. Their sensitive noses can pick up things that a normal pat down or a normal back search might not pick.”
Among the federal agencies involved are the Department of Homeland Security and FBI.
If you’re attending tonight, expect the usual bag checks and metal detector wands at the gates.
“Fortunately, St. Louis has a lot of experience with major sporting events, World Series-types, and that’s what I would equate this to, similar to a World Series,” the police chief said.