Kansas Speedway increases security before race

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Public venues all over the country, including those in Kansas City are taking a closer look at their security procedures after Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

The Kansas Speedway is gearing up for a big race weekend and track president Pat Warren says they are reviewing their protocols.

Staff spent several hours Monday assembling an emergency command center at the speedway.

Warren also said fans can expect longer lines at security checkpoints to get inside the track and to see extra officers. Beyond that, he said security plans are kept secret.

The speedway is unique. It held its first race just three weeks after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, so its security procedures are among the strictest in the country, according to Warren.

The speedway also allows fans to bring in beverages, including beer, and food into the grandstands. Warren said at this point, there are no plans in place for that to change.

"You can bring in a 14x14x14 soft sided cooler inside as long as you don't have any glass bottles," he added. "We also allow backpacks. We check those at the gate. People can expect a bit longer of a wait as we are doing that."

Warren said the key to keeping fans safe is for the fans to be proactive.

"If you see something say something. It's important because we have thousands of people here, and the best defense is if people see something suspicious to let us know," he explained.

The speedway security team will continue to evaluate its procedures throughout the race week, which runs Friday through Sunday.

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