A few hours after the Boston Marathon bombings, and more than 1,000 miles away, a police officer with a German shepherd patrolled near an entrance to the baseball stadium where Miami hosted Washington on Monday evening — an unusual sight at Marlins Park.
Inside, on the field, two Marlins officials gave a security supervisor a briefing about the ballpark’s layout.
“We are taking additional precautions and have intensified our security efforts in and around the ballpark to ensure everyone’s safety,” Marlins spokesman P.J. Loyello said.
The postponement of Monday night’s NHL game between the Bruins and Ottawa Senators, and the cancellation of today’s NBA game between the Celtics and Indiana Pacers — both events to be held in Boston — were the most tangible reactions by sports officials to the explosions at the marathon finish line that killed at least three people and injured more than 130 others.
A makeup date for Bruins-Senators was not announced; no other events from top professional leagues around the country were immediately called off.
Still, other effects of the explosions could be seen quickly, such as bomb-sniffing dogs sweeping the arena before the doors opened for an NHL game in Nashville between the Predators and Canucks, and armed police officers posted in front of each dugout at the Padres-Dodgers baseball game in Los Angeles.
More toughened measures are expected as security is calibrated for upcoming major events that draw big crowds, including the Kentucky Derby on May 4, and the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman Doug Boles said Monday’s attack will be a part of future meetings to review what precautions should be taken at the auto race.
“I guess this will bring a new topic or dialogue to those discussions, to see if there’s anything more we need to do to prepare with respect to what’s happened in Boston,” Boles said. “And we will learn more about that over the next couple of days, as the folks in Boston do, and we will be prepared for that.”
At the Kentucky Derby, which pulls in crowds approaching 250,000 each year at Churchill Downs Racetrack, security was beefed up recently following the death of Osama bin Laden.
“We are always in close contact at this time of year with the dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement and public safety partners who work with us every year on safety and security concerns for our major events,” Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher wrote in an email. “We will be in close and frequent contact with them and rely heavily on their expertise, as we always do, in the hours and days to come.”
Abroad, British police reviewed security plans for Sunday’s London Marathon, the next major international 26.2-mile race. It drew about 37,500 runners last year.
The London Marathon’s chief executive, Nick Bitel, said race officials contacted the police to discuss security plans “as soon as we heard the news” about Boston. He expressed shock and sadness about the situation in Boston, saying “it is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends in marathon running.”
In Brazil, organizers of the 2016 Rio Olympics said they consider security a top priority and are working closely with the local government on safety issues.
Back in Boston, Bruins President Cam Neely, a former player, said the hockey game’s postponement was made after consulting city, state and league officials. He said authorities are still gathering information and “it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation.”
Fans arriving early for the Bruins’ game were met by police who were in the area to secure the arena and a nearby federal building. One officer outside the players’ parking lot was telling arriving spectators, “The game is canceled. We need you to exit the city safely and quickly.”
Police were searching all bags and people entering the train station below the Bruins’ arena.
The explosions occurred about three hours after Lelisa Desisa and Rita Jeptoo crossed the finish line to win the marathon.
The blasts shattered the post-race euphoria of what had been a pleasantly uneventful 117th edition of the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. Runners still on the course were diverted to the Boston Common; race officials said 4,496 runners had crossed the checkpoint at more than 24 miles but did not make it to the finish line.
A year after record high temperatures sent unprecedented numbers of participants to the medical tent, temperatures in the high 40s greeted the field of 23,326 at the Hopkinton starting line. It climbed to 54 degrees by the time the winners reached Boston’s Copley Square.
Desisa, of Ethiopia, won a three-way sprint down Boylston Street to finish in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds and snap a string of three consecutive Kenyan victories.
Jeptoo, 32, averted the Keynan shutout by winning the women’s race for the second time. Jeptoo, who also won in 2006, finished in 2:26:25 for her first victory in a major race since taking two years off after having a baby.
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