After Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, police in Pennsylvania are taking a closer look at their security plans for the 2013 US Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
The US Open will be played June 13-16 on Merion’s East Course.
Authorities in Delaware County, Pennsylvania began preparing for the event two years ago and expect 25,000 to 30,000 people a day for the four-day tournament.
Deputy police chief John Viola said while there have been no specific threats, the Boston Marathon “raises our level of awareness and increases our concerns at what possibly somebody could do here if they wanted to.”
He told KYW Newsradio that three different areas on the golf course must be secured; however, spectators “will be sent to remote lots to park their cars and will be screened there before getting onto shuttle buses,” which will make it a bit easier on security.
Viola said they are taking a second–and third–look at all of their security plans and his team is speaking with the USGA about two to three times a day regarding security.