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There will be more security at high school stadiums in Atlanta  following the Sept. 3 shooting of a student and motorist after a game at Grady High School in Midtown.

Atlanta Public Schools have have launched “United We Play,” an initiative to make high school football games more enjoyable and safe.  In advance of games this weekend, the district has updated safety and security planning with the Atlanta Police Department to improve the fan experience at both stadiums, according to a post at the Talk Up APS blog These include:

  • Creating a more visible police presence both inside and outside Grady and Lakewood stadiums, including assigning more marked vehicles outside the stadiums
  • Managing ticketing procedures to ensure quicker service and shorter lines
  • Assigning perimeter security officers around the stadiums to focus on pedestrians walking to and from the games through neighborhoods
  • Improving security mobility with use of additional vehicles for quicker responses

For the long-term, the district is allowing more staffing flexibility on game nights and providing training for stadium employees in the form of drills and exercises. APS will also reach out to partners who have expertise in safety and security planning to review existing plans and communications for all major sporting events. 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.