The 2013 World Series begins on Oct. 23 , which means thousands of baseball fans will be descending on Boston for the start of the best-of-seven series between the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. To prep for the flurry of activity about to take over Fenway Park, Boston mayor Tom Menino and police officials discussed upcoming security measures today.
Menino told reporters at a Tuesday press conference that he is urging Bostonians to "show the nation why we’re a first-class city" and be responsible and respectful.
As for police presence, Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey said there will be a "significant presence" around Fenway during Wednesday and Thursday's games in the form of around 500 officers patrolling the area. Should there be a potential series-clinching game in Boston, even more police officers will be working. Though there isn't a rule specifically banning them, fans wearing backpacks will also likely be subject to more inspection.
“Please help us to keep you safe and don’t allow anyone to tarnish the image of Boston Strong,” Linskey said. Boston Strong became a citywide motto in response to the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people in April.
A plan is also in place to help prevent underage drinking at bars around the park. Fans will not be able to enter bars and restaurants around Fenway after the seventh inning, similar to how several stadiums cut off alcohol sales at the same point in the game.
Road closures could also be part of the equation if the crowds become an issue, and Menino suggested using public transportation instead. Menino also asked that everyone wear red tomorrow to support the players.
Game One of the 2013 World Series begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on FOX.