Fenway Park to be site of Boston Police counterterrorism exercise
As part of a concentrated, ongoing partnership with law enforcement to work on safety, security, and preparedness, Fenway Park will be the site of a counterterrorism exercise conducted by the Boston Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) on Sunday, June 12, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During the exercise, Boston Police, along with state and federal first responders, including members of Red Sox security, will react to various simulated scenarios meant to test preparedness and new technologies for large events in the City of Boston.
The city will close parts of Yawkey Way (Brookline Avenue to Boylston Street) and Van Ness Street (Ipswich Street to Richard B. Ross Way) during the exercise. Fans and neighbors are asked to avoid the area and be aware that they may hear sounds of simulated explosions and realistic-sounding simulated gunshots during the exercise.
"The opportunity to participate in an exercise that tests preparedness and cutting-edge technologies in real time is a big advantage for us," said Red Sox Director of Security and Emergency Services Charlie Cellucci. "Fan safety is a topic we continually discuss and evaluate, and by participating in this exercise, led by Boston Police alongside state and federal agencies, we hope to gain valuable insight that may help enhance how we keep visitors safe at Fenway Park."