SANTA CLARA (KCBS) – Police and sheriff’s deputies are gearing up for the first official sporting event to be held at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday, as the San Jose Earthquakes will take on the Seattle Sounders.
Hundreds of extra officers will be on hand, not only at the stadium, but even as soccer fans travel to the match. With Valley Transportation Authority light rail trains expected to carry thousands of fans to Levi’s Stadium, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, which provides security for VTA, is preparing for the extra passenger load.READ MORE: UPDATE: Investigation Underway Into Fatal Freeway Shooting On I-580 In Oakland
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“The strategy we’ve come up with is there’s obviously going to be a uniform presence. We’re going to be using technology. There’s a closed-circuit television system that will be enhanced to monitor the crowd,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup.READ MORE: COVID: Bay Area Health Officials, Schools Prepare To Vaccinate Kids 5-11 As Authorization Looms
He said plain clothes deputies will also be riding the trains, and the bomb squad will be on duty. “We do have the use of bomb protection dogs that will be sweeping the trains,” Stenderup said.