CLEVELAND, Ohio — There will be increased security tonight at the Cleveland Cavaliers game in light of the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
“We are taking some additional appropriate measures,” said Phyllis Salem, Cavs spokesperson.
The I TEAM has learned police are adding more eyes in the crowd with undercover officers. And, police are focusing more than before on security even after the game.
Police already had regular playoff game security plans. Those included helicopters, bomb dogs, as well as heavily armed units ready to respond.
Dr. Kimberley Schimmel of Kent State University has researched security at big events. She points out Cleveland has handled a lot of big events. She said, “We see these things go wrong, and of course, they’re horrific and tragic. But let’s think about all the times things go right.” She added, “The thing we need to keep in mind is there is a lot of planning that goes into the security side.”
The Cavs will take on the Boston Celtics tonight in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.
Police said they believe a man carrying explosives acted as a lone attacker and died in the powerful explosion that shook part of the cavernous Manchester Arena as concertgoers streamed out after the American pop star’s last song.
Another 23-year-old man has been arrested in south Manchester in connection to the bombing, police said.
A total of 22 were killed, and more than 50 injured in the blast.