Miami-Dade police out in full force for MLB All-Star Game
Officers in uniform, plainclothes to be at ballpark
MIAMI – Miami-Dade police's K-9 officers were hard at work Monday securing Marlins Park for the MLB All-Star festivities leading up to the big game.
"We are looking for any kind of radiological device (or) explosive device," Lt. Jeff Schmidinger said.
Twice a day, the team sweeps every crevice of the park, checking the locker rooms of the All Stars and even the dugout.
As game-time rehearsals are completed on the field, the dogs work the stands.
While the officers will be visible across the stadium, there will also be some who are working undercover.
Authorities said this department has done Super Bowls and NBA championships, so they know that with major sporting events come major responsibility for everyone.
"If you are here, we can't be everywhere. If you see someone acting suspiciously (or) if you see something, say something and you can go by and enjoy your game," Lt. Alvaro Zabaleta said.
The MLB All-Star Game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday.
All-Star tickets this year are at an all-time low, with the average ticket price down 43 percent. Tickets can still be found for as little as $130.
MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred spoke at a luncheon Monday hosted by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, but did not address low ticket sales.
He and Marlins President David Samson instead focused on how to get more children playing on the fields.
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