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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

KU officials mum on any changes they’re making after feds issue terror alert for sports stadiums

No particular venues named; KU mum on security changes

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Kansas University police officials aren’t saying whether there will be any noticeable change in security during Saturday's football game at Memorial Stadium, after a national security warning was issued Monday regarding potential terrorist attacks at stadiums.

"We are aware of the bulletin that went out," said Capt. Schuyler Bailey, KU Public Safety Office spokesman. "Any changes, if we made any, would not be discussed.”

The warning does not specifically name KU, or any other venue in the nation, as a terror target. And Bailey said Jayhawk fans should not be fearful about attending Saturday's sellout football game against Southern Mississippi. "Not at all," he said.

The university already takes steps to keep fans safe at sporting events.

During home football games, campus police officers patrol areas around the stadium by car, on foot and on Segways.

One of six bomb squads from communities surrounding Lawrence is also placed on standby outside the stadium, in the event a suspicious device is found.

In two bulletins sent on Monday to police, federal counter-terrorism officials urged law enforcement and private companies to be vigilant at stadiums, entertainment complexes and hotels.

The bulletin on stadiums noted that an al-Qaida training manual specifically lists “blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality and sin ... and attacking vital economic centers.” Counter-terrorism officials are also advising police officers to be on the lookout for any possible bomb-making at self-storage facilities, noting that terrorists have used such places to build bombs.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.

Comments

actorman 5 years, 1 month ago

an al-Qaida training manual specifically lists “blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality and sin ... "

I didn't know that Wall Street was considered a sports stadium ...

Garry Wright 5 years, 1 month ago

"I didn't know that Wall Street was considered a sports stadium ..."

actorman -- I believe it might be considered a part of "vital economic centers." Might help if you read the rest of the quote.

Kent Wells 5 years, 1 month ago

actorman: I get your joke...

My turn:

Who knew the terror alert was for our own basketball and football teams. Apparently there was some chatter intercepted between the two...

gardenjay 5 years, 1 month ago

Good one. Here's mine:

"Any changes [in the security] ... would not be discussed"

Get prepared, stadium attendees, to:

give up any toothpaste you may have take off your shoes so they can examine them have your pocket knife confiscated, as if you even bother to carry one any more get pulled aside as suspicious until you miss the 1st Quarter because you seemed anxious not be admitted because you were too hostile - yes, Mangino wanted you, but security did not :(

jayhawkintx73 5 years, 1 month ago

The Campus Police and Lawrence Police should cooperate and barricade the streets right around the stadium except for the entrances to the parking lots like they did at Arrowhead in 2001 after 911. Its ok to be safer than to regret it later on. Not that anything will happen, but I also didn't see 911 coming either.

gardenjay 5 years, 1 month ago

Barricades and airport-like screening would probably help.

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