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December 19, 2005

Security at the Nats’ new ballpark

Filed under: Infrastructure Protection — by Christian Beckner on December 19, 2005

As if the Washington Nationals didn’t have enough problems with their orphaned status, razor-thin starting rotation, and disgruntlement at ticket price hikes (13%!!), the security of the future ballpark is also a concern, the Washington Times reports:

Questions of security have been largely ignored in debates over a new baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals, which sits amid several sites considered high-profile targets for potential terrorist attacks….

Mr. [Mark] Touhey said coordination of security is a “serious issue,” adding that the city has been discussing the issue with the Department of Homeland Security. The current proposed site is less security-sensitive than some previously discussed stadium locations, he said.

“Let me tell you the expression on the face of Michael Chertoff when we talked about the possibility of building a stadium over [I-395] across from L’Enfant Plaza,” Mr. Touhey said, imitating the shocked look on the secretary’s face. “Homeland Security is on top of this, and they realize it has to be done in a way so we don’t have Keystone Kops.”

Mr. Touhey said a task force will be convened to create an overall “security systems plan” and said logistics will be critical — along with determining who will have overall authority in the area.

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