After Boston Bombing, Backpacks Banned At Upcoming Penn Relays - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

After Boston Bombing, Backpacks Banned At Upcoming Penn Relays

Posted: Updated:
Backpacks will not be allowed at this year's Penn Relays, security officials announced. Backpacks will not be allowed at this year's Penn Relays, security officials announced.
PHILADELPHIA -

As Philadelphia police raced to respond to dozens of calls of suspicious packages across the city, all was quiet at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus, the site of next week's Penn Relays track and field meet.

"We have always looked at this as a high level security detail," said Maureen Rush, Vice President of Public Safety at the university. We work closely with Philadelphia police, with Homeland Security, the feds, the bomb squad. Dogs. We do it all."

This week's back pack bombs at the Boston Marathon have authorities here taking another look at security measures for the upcoming Relays, that run Wednesday through Saturday, attracting thousands of athletes and fans from around the world. Backpacks will now be banned.

"I think the era of bringing bags into large events is kind of over unfortunately," Rush told FOX 29.

"I'm sure they'll have security to protect us," said Steve Rozek, a grad student at the Wharton School on the Penn campus. He's been coming to the Penn Relays since he was a kid. He will be happy to see the heightened security.

"It was always a fun event and I expect this year will go just as well," Rozek said.

"We will be looking at every angle of this event to make sure that we do everything possible to make this a safe event as always," Rush said.

Authorities are already ramping up security measures for the Broad Street run on May 5th. Thousands of runners will jam the 10 mile course along Broad Street, shoulder to shoulder. Given the horrific events in Boston, tighter security will once again be the norm.

"There's gonna be a ton of security to get into Penn Relays and every other venue in the country after this," Rush added.

Penn Officials have already gotten calls from athletes in other countries concerned about security after the Boston Marathon bombing. Rush says everything humanly possible will be done to make this event safe for everyone, athletes and spectators.

  • Dave SchratwieserMore>>

  • Newborn of Pregnant Woman Killed In Frankford Dies

    Newborn of Pregnant Woman Killed In Frankford Dies

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:23:15 GMT
    Police say the 25-year-old Megan Doto was full-term when someone shot her in the face with a .40-caliber, fully automatic weapon just before noon.
    Police say the 25-year-old Megan Doto was full-term when someone shot her in the face with a .40-caliber, fully automatic weapon just before noon.
  • An Inside Look At The Philadelphia Police Department's DIVRT Program

    An Inside Look At The Philadelphia Police Department's DIVRT Program

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-09-10 21:52:35 GMT
    Almost every day we show you surveillance videos that help get dangerous criminals off the street.FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser takes us inside Philadelphia's program that's putting those criminals behind bars.It's a plea heard all too often when police put out surveillance video of a crime like of a shooting last week that left a 49-year-old Wynnefield man paralyzed from the waist down.As victim's families plead for the public's help, detectives scramble to find video to identify the shooter. I...
    Almost every day we show you surveillance videos that help get dangerous criminals off the street.FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser takes us inside Philadelphia's program that's putting those criminals behind bars.It's a plea heard all too often when police put out surveillance video of a crime like of a shooting last week that left a 49-year-old Wynnefield man paralyzed from the waist down.As victim's families plead for the public's help, detectives scramble to find video to identify the shooter. I...
  • Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Suspect In Shooting That Left Victim Paralyzed

    Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Suspect In Shooting That Left Victim Paralyzed

    Sunday, September 7 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-09-07 19:18:37 GMT
    Philadelphia police say they have issued an arrest warrant for Allan Stokes, 23, of the 5700 block of Harmer Street in Philadelphia.
    Philadelphia police say they have issued an arrest warrant for Allan Stokes, 23, of the 5700 block of Harmer Street in Philadelphia.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police: Man Kills Daughter's Boyfriend Climbing In Window

    Police: Man Kills Daughter's Boyfriend Climbing In Window

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:13 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:13:20 GMT

    Philadelphia police say a man shot and killed his daughter's 31-year-old boyfriend after the boyfriend was caught trying to climb into a window.

    Philadelphia police say a man shot and killed his daughter's 31-year-old boyfriend after the boyfriend was caught trying to climb into a window.

  • Trump Plaza Closes Its Doors In Atlantic City

    Trump Plaza Closes Its Doors In Atlantic City

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:58:41 GMT

    Another day, another Atlantic City casino crumbles as Trump Plaza closes its doors early Tuesday. But there's some good news in store for a different A.C. casino.

    Another day, another Atlantic City casino crumbles as Trump Plaza closes its doors early Tuesday. But there's some good news in store for a different A.C. casino.

  • Amtrak Operating Limited Schedule between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia

    Amtrak Operating Limited Schedule between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:53:30 GMT
    Amtrak is providing limited service on the Acela Express and Northeast Regional between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia this morning as a result of a Catenary pole and downed wires on tracks, caused by a Norfolk Southern freight train, on the Northeast Corridor.Limited service on Acela Express between Washington, D.C., and Wilmington, Del., is operating. On the Northeast Regional, limited service is operating between Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia. Service is operating between Philadelp...
    Amtrak is providing limited service on the Acela Express and Northeast Regional between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia this morning as a result of a Catenary pole and downed wires on tracks, caused by a Norfolk Southern freight train, on the Northeast Corridor.Limited service on Acela Express between Washington, D.C., and Wilmington, Del., is operating. On the Northeast Regional, limited service is operating between Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia. Service is operating between Philadelp...
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices