Fans at Barclays react to Boston tragedy
April, 15, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Debby Wong/USA TODAY SportsTwo officers of the NYPD stand outside the arena before the Nets hosted the Wizards on Monday.Just hours after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, it appeared to be business as usual outside Barclays Center as fans arrived for Monday's 7:30 p.m. Nets-Wizards game.
"The safety and security of our guests and employees at Barclays Center are of paramount importance," Nets CEO Brett Yormark said in a statement. "Barclays Center staff works very closely with the NYPD and other New York City agencies to ensure our stringent safety and security policies are strictly enforced."
The Nets would not comment further when asked if any extra security measures were taken to ensure fan safety. Several NYPD officers were visible outside the arena's main entrance on the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues. Outside the media room there is a sheet that says "Bomb Threat Standoff Chart" with threat descriptions and explosive capacities.
"It feels like there's more police here than usual," said Terrence Joseph, a 55-year-old Nets fan who resides in Brooklyn.
Fans were told to take anything metal out of their pockets and were hand-wanded by security -- nothing out of the ordinary, Brandon Torres said.
"I've been here four times this season and it didn't feel any different," said Torres, a 28-year-old Nets fan who resides in Brooklyn, after having his ticket scanned.
Torres said he had no problems riding the subway to the arena and wasn't afraid to come to the game.
"It's horrible," Torres said of the Boston tragedy, a multiple-bomb explosion that resulted in the deaths of three people and left dozens more injured near the race's finish line.
Added Joseph: "It's a real tragedy. Of course you're concerned, but life has to go on, you know?"
Deron Williams' thoughts were with the victims.
"#rp take some time to say a prayer for the people affected by the events today in Boston," Williams tweeted.
Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo found out about the tragedy after receiving a memo from a member of the team's security team.
"[It read] 'We're in a major event in a big building in a big city. Keep your eyes and ears open. If you see something, let us know,'" Carlesimo said.
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