Officials to limit access to McCovey Cove, AT&T Park for All-Star Game

7/3/2007 - MLB

SAN FRANCISCO -- Fans attending All-Star Game events at AT&T
Park will face tougher security measures, including metal detectors
and more restrictions in and around the venue.

Metal detectors previously were used at the park twice before --
during a visit by former President Bill Clinton and at a private
event. But Giants officials said they hope to avoid major delays by
opening the park's four gates three hours before Monday's Home Run
Derby and Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Ticket-holders also won't be allowed in-and-out privileges at
the ballpark, officials said.

But fans still will be able to enjoy the events for free from
the waterfront promenade beyond the wall in right field, where
extra security officers will be posted. The San Francisco Police
Department estimates it will spend $500,000 to cover overtime and
other expenses for heightened security around the ballpark during
All-Star Game events.

The FBI's San Francisco office is bringing in more than 150
extra agents, including bomb and hazardous materials experts,
negotiators and SWAT teams to guard against a possible terrorist
attack, FBI spokesman Joseph Schadler said.

"We're treating it as a possible high-profile target,"
Schadler said. "You can't get more American than baseball, apple
pie and mom, right?"

Other security measures include road closures and a ban on
motorized boats and non-motorized boats longer than 20 feet in
McCovey Cove from Saturday through Tuesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard will enforce a security zone around the
cove, inspecting vessels that want to get in, said Alan Haraf, a
Coast Guard spokesman. It also will maintain a 50-yard security
zone around piers near the Bay Bridge, he said.