Boston Officials: City Is Ready for World Series, Obama's Visit - NECN

Boston Officials: City Is Ready for World Series, Obama's Visit



    Officials address security, parking concerns ahead of Game 6, President Obama's visit to Faneuil Hall Wednesday (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN) - Boston Mayor Tom Menino and top city officials say there will be parking restrictions and increased security in the Hub ahead of Wednesday's Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park and President Obama's visit to Faneuil Hall.

    Officials say the city is ready.

    There will be parking restrictions around the Fenway/Kenmore and Brighton neighborhoods, as well as streets around Northeastern University, Faneuil Hall and North Station. The restrictions will go into effect from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday. Click here for a detailed list.

    Game 6 starts just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, and President Obama is expected to speak on health care reform at Faneuil Hall in the late afternoon. According to Mayor Menino, the presidential motorcade will be gone by 7 p.m.

    Officials are asking businesses to let employees go home by 4 p.m. if possible.

    Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says as far as security goes, there will be more bomb-sniffing dogs, more officers looking for suspicious behavior; however, there will be no restrictions on backpacks within the city of Boston.

    Officials are also asking bars to black out windows so people cannot see large screen TVs and celebrate more on the street.

    Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Dan Linskey suggests that people in the city use their smartphones to take photos of something that troubles them and then tweet them to @bostonpolice.

    "We're asking the public to be our eyes and ears out there. We don't want to tarnish the image of Boston Strong. If you're celebrating the Red Sox, do so in a positive manner. If you start breaking things and assaulting people, that's actually not a celebration, that's a felony," he says.