CLEVELAND – Gay Games 2014 organizers are not playing around when it comes to safety.
"It’s certainly the largest sports and culture event to ever come to Northeast Ohio," Tom Nobbe, executive director for the 2014 Gay Games, said.
The 35 events of the Gay Games are scheduled to take place at numerous locations in Cleveland and Akron in August of next year
Organizers have to deal with a double whammy when it comes to safety.
As with any very large event, they must be on-guard and ready to stop an act of terrorism targeting a large group of people, like we saw at the Boston Marathon.
But they also have to think about violence from hate crimes.
"We will be having a very comprehensive proactive security plan which will involve area police and Homeland Security," Nobbe said.
This is going to be a really big event. Opening ceremonies take place at ‘The Q.’
There will be about 11,000 athletes from an estimated 70 countries.
When it comes to safety, the Boston Marathon attack has them taking notes.
"Lessons learned, in terms of just being aware that security has to remain top of mind," Nobbe said.
The Gay Games runs August 9th -16th, 2014.