(KMOV) – Police said additional security will be in place around downtown St. Louis as the Cardinals begin what they hope is a long playoff run on Thursday.
According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, fans coming downtown for the afternoon game against the Pittsburgh Pirates won’t notice many changes.
That’s because additional officers will be patrolling and plain-clothed police in unmarked cars will be checking parking lots and monitoring activity.
Dotson said traffic and security during the National League Divisional Series will have the feel of a regular season game.
“No anticipated additional street closures, no additional traffic except you’re coming to downtown St. Louis at 4 p.m. noon Friday,” said Dotson.
But should the Cardinals advance to the National League Championship Series, police patrols will increase as well.
If that happens, Dotson mentioned a continued government shutdown could impact the number of federal security available. But for now the Cardinals and police are taking it one game at a time.