Football games see increased security

Published 08/30 2013 06:00PM

Updated 08/30 2013 06:38PM

URBANA -- Football Fever gets underway Friday night, but with the night lights, could come security concerns. Last week, three teens were jumped after the Urbana High School scrimmage.

Police don't want that to happen again. They're keeping an extra eye out.

A police presence is something you'll always find at McKinley Field during football games, but last Friday night, that wasn't the case. Since it was a scrimmage and the Sweet Corn Festival was taking place, officers weren't at the field.

Police say more than 30-suspects jumped three teens across the street from the school. The superintendent says most of those involved were not students.

So, police are making sure their presence is felt. They'll have six officers roaming the stadium. It's two more than usual.

The principal says school officials made sure to review policies and procedures before the game, but wouldn't go into detail about what those are. So far, no one's been arrested for last week's attack.

Urbana isn't the only school taking precautions. The Champaign School District is also increasing security for this year's football games.

The school board approved increasing patrols for marquee games. That means when Centennial or Central take on a rival team, six officers will be there instead of just two.

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