DOWNTOWN – Security is on high alert this weekend in Philadelphia ahead of several high-profile events.
Support for the Fightin Phils can be seen across the city, with businesses displaying the Phillies spirit and bars inviting fans.
Along Broad Street, north and south barricades remain on the sidewalk.
“Trying to make sure they don’t get too crazy and just destroy the place,” Bryan Chan said. He is a manager at Tradesman’s at 13th and Chestnut.
“We’re definitely expecting a very excited, very excited crowd, especially now that we’re on the wire,” Chan said.
He says they have extra staff and they are ready for security.
“People are going to be drinking alcohol all day and stuff like that ahead of time, so we really want to make sure we have the proper staff just to handle any situations that might arise,” Chan said. Multiple screens will allow fans to have a full day of sports.
“Penn State’s official bar in Center City, so we have Penn State playing at 3:30, then the Union playing at 4 and the Phillies playing at 8,” Chan said.
Also in the city on Saturday, President Biden and former President Barack Obama will be at the Liacouras Center with Pennsylvania Democrats and Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman.
Then, at noon on Sunday, Philadelphia Veterans Parade and Festival.
“There’s a lot going on, that’s for sure,” John Alfero-Kuronya said. He is most excited about the World Series and the Union.
“I’m thrilled. I was in games 3 and 5 last night,” Alfero-Kuronya said. He hopes there will be increased security beyond greasing the poles for fans who take to the streets to celebrate.
“There definitely should be a few more safety parameters to make sure everyone is safe and no one gets arrested or injured,” he said.
FOX 29 has contacted the city and police about security measures and they have yet to respond.