PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Between the women’s march on Saturday and the Eagles NFC Championship game on Sunday, Philadelphia police are gearing up for what’s likely to be a busy weekend.
More than 50,000 people attended last year’s women’s march on the parkway, and even more are expected this year.
Deputy Police Commissioner Dennis Wilson says there won’t be much difference from last year’s security, but they will be adding bike racks to line the streets with limited entrance points for marchers.
Wilson told Eyewitness News that despite rumors, there will not be stop and frisk searches during the march. He says there will be visual screenings if needed.
As for Sunday, Wilson says the police department will work with Eagles’ security as they usually do, but enforcement will be “beefed up” a bit. He also says officials have identified hot spots for celebrations throughout the city.
“We’ll have plenty of officers on hand to cover the hot spots, and also officers mobile if anything else crops up,” said Wilson.
Wilson says extra officers will be on duty, with more on-call if needed.
“I think it’ll be fine,” Bob Domanico told Eyewitness News. Domanico owns Pat’s Music Center at Cottman and Frankford, a popular post game hangout.
In 2008, following the Phillies winning the World Series, thousands packed the intersection. Some vandalized cars and buildings.
On Friday, two days before the Eagles game, authorities had barricades lined up on the ground, ready for crowed control. Wilson was blunt to the public.
“It’s pretty simple. You don’t want to hurt people damage property. You don’t want to get hurt yourself,” Wilson said.
Police are advising businesses and residents near those hot spots to leave security cameras on, and to have all trash cans, flowers pots or things of that nature inside, just in case.
PARKING ON SUNDAY
Police say for the NFC Championship Game, there will NO PARKING on Broad Street, from South Street to the Stadium Complex Area. This restriction includes the Northbound and Southbound sides, and the median strip. Restrictions will be in effect from Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 2 p.m. to Monday, January 22, 2018, 3 a.m.
“NO PARKING” signs will be posted along the affected route.