CHICAGO — Just days away from the Chicago Cubs home-opener and the public is learning more about the security plan from the team.
Fans will already be dealing with metal detectors this season.
The Chicago Cubs and the league are also hoping to shut down the intersection of Clark and Addison for two hours before and after games.
Chicago Congressman Mike Quigley lived within a mile of Wrigley for 20 years and is now a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. He says if recent attacks in Paris and Brussels have reminded us of anything, it’s how much the world has changed and how vigilant we need to be.
“The new ballparks have huge swaths of open space, which is a buffer zone, and a natural ability to put ballads there to prevent attacks,” Quigley said. “We don’t have that with Wrigley. It’s a very unique circumstance. And that makes protecting it far more difficult.”
Some Wrigleyville residents as well as the city are not wild about the plan. A statement from mayoral spokesman Adam Collins said:
“Public safety is everyone’s top concern and as is the case every year, we have a been in continuous communication with tree Cubs in the lead-up to opening day.”
“My goal isn’t to scare people,” Congressman Quigley said. “My goal is to advise based on I what I’ve learned in Washington, D.C.”
It is important to note there is no specific, credible threat involving Chicago or Wrigley Field.