SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – There is lots of security at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport.
Little do fans know, there are more than two dozen cameras watching their every move.
It’s the latest upgrade at the Little League World Series aimed at keeping everyone safe.
Few sporting events rival the World Series when it comes to the sheer number of people attending games over a ten-day span.
So in order to keep everyone safe, Little League Baseball, along with local, state and federal officials keep a watchful eye on things.
“We’ve added some additional security cameras here, and plenty of uniformed and non-uniformed officials walking through, keeping an eye on everything,” said Brian McClintock, Director of Media Relations for Little League.
According to the company Little League is working with, more than thirty surveillance cameras are in place around the complex.
Some are monitored by South Williamsport police at the headquarters at the Little League complex.
Ever since the 9-11 Attacks, security at the world series has been a priority, said Chief Robert Hetner.
“That was a catalyst for a lot of things we do here at Little League along with Little League. We certainly upgraded things then, every year we just tweak some things,” said Chief Hetner.
And while fans enjoy the action on the field, little do they know hi-def digital cameras cover nearly all of the 79 acres at the little league complex, helping keep them safe in a big way.
“There’s always a fine line you walk between a good level of security and being watched. With kids at an event like this, you don’t want to risk any adverse conditions,” said Doug Berg of Pittsburgh.
The Purcell family is here with the team from Iowa and like everyone else, had to go through metal detectors meant to prevent something like what happened at the Boston Marathon in April.
“It seems the traditional events is where they target, that’s a sad thing. Better safe than sorry,” said Steve Purcell.
In addition to state police, South Williamsport police and little league security other departments including the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Department pitch in to help keep watch at the Little League World Series.
And for this weekend’s championship games there are always bigger crowds and a bigger police presence as well.