NATO draws police to Wrigley

Updated: May 17, 2012, 5:36 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Department has confirmed there will be a larger-than-normal security presence at Wrigley Field this weekend with the two-day NATO summit set to begin in Chicago on Sunday.

Protests are commonplace during NATO summit gatherings, although much of that activity is expected to be downtown this weekend.

The Cubs specifically have not announced any beefed up security measures inside the ballpark for what is one of their biggest series of the season as they play the cross-town White Sox for three games starting Friday.

Before Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, though, uniformed law-enforcement personnel had dogs sniffing throughout the entire park.

A pregame ceremony to salute NATO is scheduled for Saturday, which will be a 6:15 p.m. start. General John Allen, commander of the United States forces in Afghanistan, will throw out the first pitch Saturday.

A NATO spokesperson said they were not aware of any dignitaries that might be attending any of this weekend's games. The NATO host committee is planning on hosting a group from the Young Atlanticist Program at one of this weekend's games.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.