TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT)- The Boston bombings last Monday caused havoc in the streets. Millions of people were either running, working, or cheering on friends when the blasts went off. A much smaller, yet highly crowded, atmosphere filled Tuscaloosa Saturday for the annual A-Day game. “When we were over at the quad, it reminded us very much of what we saw Monday,” said Bob Money, referring to the large mass of people in a small area.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department did not add any officers for it’s game day security. Sgt. Brent Blakely says they were confident their normal football plan would suffice. The game went off without any incidents. “You want to make sure that you’re safe, but there’s no way to make sure you’re absolutely 100% safe,” says Sherman Norfleet, Sr. “We live in a time now where people do harm and danger.”
Security staff checked bags and made fans empty pockets before entering the game. What might have once been viewed as a hassle was deemed appropriate in the wake of the Boston tragedy. “Thinking about everything that [has] happened and that’s been happening,” says Michele Henley, ”You think the precautions are necessary at this point.”