By Katherine Ayers
Thursday, April 18, 2013
East Carolina University Police said it will be business as usual for the Pigskin Pig-Out three days after a bombing at the Boston Marathon.
The annual barbecue cook-off party and spring football game, which draws thousands annually to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday with carnival rides and runs through Sunday evening.
Lt. Chris Sutton, ECU police public information officer, said a police presence will be noticeable to the general public in an effort to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe experience.
“A good family experience includes a safe environment,” he said during a news briefing on Wednesday, two days after three were killed and more than 170 injured when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line.
An addition to security measures in Greenville will include a command post stationed in the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium pressbox.
“All radio traffic of the police department and the ECU athletic department will flow through the center,” Sutton said. “This will help eliminate any drop in communication.”
Sutton said officers specifically will be dedicated to the Pigskin Pig-Out and football events, but additional officers can be called in from ECU, Greenville and the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, if necessary. Greenville Fire-Rescue is also available to assist.
There are no plans to institute a bag check as people come into the football stadium for the 2:30 p.m. football game on Saturday.
Sutton asked all planning to attend to be vigilant for anything that looks out of the ordinary.
“If you see something alarming, say something to the police,” he said. “It’s more important to be aware than afraid.”
Last year, 7,100 people attended the event. Sutton said he expects about the same number this year.
For more information about the event, visit www.ecupirates.com/ot.pig-out.
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via The Daily Reflector.