Penn State Considering Increased Security for Blue-White Game in Wake of Boston Bombing
After the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, Penn State is now re-evaluating its own upcoming event: the Blue/White Game. “This is on our radar screen, as it is for most of America,” said university spokesperson Lisa Powers.
“I am kind of worried,” said Penn State student Zach James. “It’s definitely something that will cross your mind this weekend.”
An estimated 50,000 spectators will be on hand for the annual scrimmage and the university is considering additional security measures. “We are carefully evaluating all of the events scheduled for this weekend and we will improve security where needed. We obviously are not able to tell you of any additional safety measures we may institute, as that may defeat their purpose,” said Powers.
University Police Chief Tyrone Parham says people should remain alert and dial 911 immediately to report suspicious behavior or activities.
“I definitely think that they should look at their security measures,” said student Evan LaFrance. “Just to take precautions after what happened today. It’s a tragedy. My heart goes out to all of the families involved.”
Sixteen runners from the Penn State Club Cross Country team had finished the Boston Marathon by the time of the explosions. After confirming that all of the runners were safe, the Penn State Club Cross Country team announced that the club will honor the victims of Monday’s bombing at Tuesday's practice , at 4:30 p.m. at Rec Hall.
Those explosions in Boston reverberated across the State College area. There was an outpouring of grief and emotion. Messages left on the StateCollege.com Facebook page summed up the feelings of many, "Extremely sad...much love and prayers for all involved!" wrote Kristina Kowalske Morrison. Patty Howard Keller offered, "Prayers for all of the victims and their families and friends."