World Series 2022: City leaders detail safety and security plans for downtown Houston ahead of Astros vs. Phillies

Houston, Texas (KTRK) — World Series week is finally upon us, and once again, the Houston Astros are back in the hunt to win the pennant.

A big event like the World Series requires a lot of security and planning.

The Houston staff gathered on Thursday to go over the defensive tackle before the ‘Stros take on the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Friday.

It takes a lot of support to stay safe as tens of thousands of fans are expected to flood downtown Houston at Minute Maid Park.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said there will be a large law enforcement presence in the downtown area — with officers from multiple agencies.

He would not give a specific number, but he said that there will be enough workers to ensure that the program is safe.

Finner said law enforcement will be stationed at several major roads, directing traffic.

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He said the police will wear plain clothes.

“I don’t want to say anything bad about any fans who come here. But we have standards here in the city and we expect everyone to follow them. We want let everyone be happy, if you gamble. and especially what I’m talking about, if you go to attack someone or something, damage property, you will go to jail prison,” Finner said. “That’s not just for Phillies players. That’s for everybody. We just need a respectful place, a fun place where people can talk a little bit and have fun. Let’s see, let the best team win.” . Keep it respectful.”

In addition to the World Series, K-Pop group Blackpink will perform downtown at the Toyota Center on Saturday and Sunday, which will only add to the huge crowd.

Houston is no stranger to major events — or the World Series.

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Since hosting the World Series last year, law enforcement has had time to tweak things and analyze what did and didn’t work.

“This is nothing new for us, but every year we like to improve on our safety and strategy,” Finner said. The Astros have appeared in four World Series in the past six years.

As we saw recently in the ALCS, the unexpected can happen quickly. A 27-year-old fan ran onto the field in Game 2 of the series in an attempt to chat with José Altuve and get a selfie. Eventually, he was charged with criminal trespass.

READ MORE: Astros fan charged with violation for running on field during ALCS Game 2 at Minute Maid Park

“It’s very bad when an actor breaks that. It’s dangerous for our players. I want people to know that the Major League banned that person for life. He went to prison for breaking the rules,” said Finner. “They said they’re going to put more security personnel there and police. But my question is, put some young sportsmen and women there, okay? That’s a lot of ground. to cover.”

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Finner and Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña advised supporters to arrive early and be patient when it comes to traffic in and out of the city. They also reminded motorists to slow down and consider pedestrians.

The police chief also has a warning about keeping valuables in your car.

He said thousands of guns are stolen from vehicles in Houston every year, and since you can’t bring a gun into Minute Maid Park, gun owners should make sure they lock up their firearms. them home before leaving the game.

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