Houston leaders ready for a World Series weekend

- There's no doubt the city is gearing up for an exciting, possibly historic weekend as the Astros are back home for three games in Houston.

Safety, of course, will be the number one priority as the world will literally be watching. This is the first time in over a decade that Houston has hosted the World Series, and the city says they are ready.

"This is not a new experience for Houston, Texas, okay?" says Mayor Sylvester Turner addressing the media ahead of Friday's World Series game in Houston.

What would be new for Houston, however, is a World Series win.

"The Astros are getting ready to win all three home games starting on Friday," says Mayor Turner.

Before fall ball is played at Minute Maid, leaders met at City Hall encouraging fans to cheer on their Astros while being vigilant as the possibility of history being made will draw a lot of spectators.

"If you see something, do not simply just disregard it," says Houston Police Chief Art Acevado who was also on hand at Thursday's press conference.

Chief Acevado saying officers dressed in uniform and disguised will be stationed throughout downtown, a presence similar to what was seen during the Super Bowl in February.

"We take the lessons from the Super Bowl and from every single one of those events and we apply those to our crowd control and safety and security plans for this," says Chief Acevado.

While the Super Bowl gives a city years to prepare, a World Series does not. Additional first responders and ambulances will be stationed closer to the action along with an emergency command center.

"Every police agency, responders, services agencies, intelligence agencies, all combined in one location," says Dennis Storemski, Mayor Turner's appointment to Houston Public Safety & Homeland Security.

It's the unknown outcome of this Dodgers-Astros series that has fans on the edges of their seats. After all, that's why so many love watching live sports. But with three games in Houston falling on the weekend, more fans will likely leave the edges of those seats and head downtown to experience history.

"Everybody has a right to cheer for their team without being accosted, harassed, or assaulted," says Chief Acevado.

Traffic is also a major topic addressed.

METRO was on hand and those who have World Series tickets will be able to ride METRO for free.

It's encouraged that any and all people who plan to head downtown to carpool or use ride sharing services. It's going to be fun, but it's also going to be packed.

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