ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — With fans expected to crowd Truist Park and The Battery for the World Series through the weekend, Cobb County police say they’re taking extra safety measures, and they’re asking for help from the public.
Fans didn’t mind waiting in a long line Friday afternoon to get Atlanta Braves World Series gear from the Clubhouse Store in The Battery, as the team battles the Houston Astros in Atlanta. “I’m really excited, because I’ve never been to a World Series before,” said Andrew Michael Maldoven, a 10-year-old Braves fan. “I’m just excited for this game, and we have a good chance for winning,” said Nathanael Leet, who is also 10. Some fans have concerns about safety during the games. “People just being able to control themselves, you know, respect, honor the cops, honor the security. People just lately have been wanting to do what they want to do,” said Alfonso Kiwi, who lives near The Battery. Others are taking it all in stride. “No concerns. Officers are out here doing their jobs, and you know, everyone’s kind of being aware and taking care of themselves. Everything will be okay,” said Ian McAdams, another fan.
Police have ramped up their security measures with more patrols. “Because we had plans in place for the All Star Game, which were scrapped, we were actually able to improvise those plans for the World Series,” said Sergeant Wayne Delk with the Cobb County Police Department. Hours before Game 3 on Friday night, there was an increased law enforcement presence. Cobb County police and other agencies provided extra security. “We also have some other elements that you may not see when you’re out here,” he said. Those measures will continue through the weekend, but fans should take steps to stay safe as well. “Lock, take and hide if you’re going out and about, if you’re parking your vehicle somewhere,” said Delk. That means lock your car, take your things with you, or hide them in the trunk.
And as always, if you see something suspicious, say something and contact law enforcement.