Security tighter for upcoming concerts, marathons and other events in Tampa Bay

In shadow of Boston attack security tightens

TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Times Forum will likely be the busiest place, event-wise, in the Tampa Bay area this weekend.  There are two concerts, Rihanna on Friday and Taylor Swift on Saturday, and a Lightning game Sunday.

And so in the shadow of Monday's attack in Boston, the arena is reviewing security options.

Bill Wickett with the Tampa Bay Lightning says the Forum, as a facility, always walks the line between being an open fan-friendly event center and a security sound venue.  But events in Boston now have them waiting on word from authorities on what they should do when it comes to turning up their security.

"We generally send an email out to all of our ticket holders no matter what the event is about 36 to 48 hours before the event," said Wickett.  "We'll send that message out and we'll tell them exactly what to expect."  And they should know that sometime in the next couple of days.

As for Tampa Police, they already know they will be stepping up security at every event in Tampa for now and into the foreseeable future.

That is exactly what they will be doing in Ybor City on Saturday at the Lions Eye Institutes Roar Through Ybor  5K running race.  

Kelley Sims with the Lions Eye Institute told me today that she has been in close contact with Tampa Police and they told her, "To keep our eyes open. To look for anything that is suspicious. Whether that's an individual or anything that seems to be out of place." The race starts at 7:30 a.m.

Along with the increased security, police are asking that the public help out by watching for anything unusual.  If you something, contact them.

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