Chicago Cubs Call For Shutdown of Clark and Addison on Game Days
Amid heightened security fears the Chicago Cubs are looking to expand their control around Wrigley Field. Large venues like the ballpark could be considered “targets” for would-be terrorists.
Cubs president Crane Kenney had this to say on Saturday: "We’re asking them to extend the perimeter of our control 100 feet in every direction. That doesn’t mean we want to own 100 feet in every direction. But we do want to know who is there and what they’re driving and why they’re there."
He said the morning after the November attacks in Paris, he called a staff meeting to talk about security issues and hired a consultant, eventually leading to the request to shut down Clark and Addison Streets for events. Waveland and Sheffield already are closed to through traffic on game days.
Major League Baseball increased security league-wide since 9/11 and in 2014 mandated at least hand-held metal detectors for every ballpark by last year’s opener. The policy was inconsistently enforced at most parks, including Wrigley.