Baltimore stadia step up security following US shootings

NFL American football team the Baltimore Ravens and Major League Baseball franchise the Baltimore Orioles have moved to tighten up security at their respective stadia in light of two mass shootings in the US.

The Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium is located close to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with both venues operated by the Maryland Stadium Authority.

The Ravens will host the Jacksonville Jaguars later today (Thursday), with the Orioles due to host the Houston Astros this weekend. Fans attending either game can expect extra security officers in place.

The move comes after two mass shootings within hours of each other in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. The attacks killed 31 people in total.

“We believe it’s the prudent thing to do and just reassure fans with the police presence that we are a safe environment,” Vernon Conaway, head of security at the two stadia, said, according to the Baltimore Business Journal newspaper.

Conaway did not disclose how many officers would be on duty at the stadia or how much the extra support would cost.

Earlier this summer, the Ravens completed work on the final phase of a $120m (£99m/€107m) renovation of M&T Bank Stadium. The self-funded project focused on enhancing the fan experience at the 71,000-capacity stadium, with improvements including 4K ultra-high-definition video displays, as well as escalators and elevators to the upper deck.

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