Following the terror attacks in Paris last week which left 129 people dead and hundreds wounded, security in the United States has been heightened in many locations.
Times Square in New York, French-owned sites in Washington DC, and the French consulates in Boston and New York all received stepped up armed presence. However, many other popular meeting places for people did not boost security, such as the giant Mall of America in Minnesota.
Sports arenas also went to high alert in response to the attack on the soccer stadium in Paris. At the crowded football game between the Naval Academy and Southern Methodist there were guards on duty to randomly screen people with metal detectors. Attendees were requested to open their overcoats as they entered the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium. Similar security measures are expected to be applied at the Rose Bowl Stadium for the game between UCLA and Washington State.
After briefings between NFL officials and the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI it was decided to increase security inside and outside stadiums. Fans were told not to bring bags to the games.
One unnamed official told the Associated Press that there were no current credible threats to US security. However, intelligence officials have detected increased ‘chatter’ promoting attacks on the US.