CMPD increasing security measures for Panthers playoff game

The city of Charlotte declared  Sunday's Panthers game an extraordinary event, meaning extra security measures to make sure everything goes smoothly.
CMPD says there will be more officers patrolling the stadium. They will be focusing on two main areas - looking for any suspicious activity and scalpers trying to take advantage of sports fans.

Deputy chief Jeff Estes says this is a necessary precaution. By declaring Sunday's game an extraordinary event, CMPD can stop and question anyone whose behavior raises red flags.

“An extraordinary event is more directly related to what's going on in the world. We recognize that we're not an island and we're not immune to the  potential of different attacks when you have a large group of people,” Estes said.

As far as counterfeit tickets go, Major Johnny Jennings says with the demand for playoff tickets, this creates an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of fans.

"It's a crime that can be prevented if people take the precautions that we ask them to,” Jennings said.

CMPD’s advice? Only purchase tickets from a reputable vendor and don't buy from someone you don't know. If you do, ask the person selling you the ticket for their identification and take a picture of them. This will help in case of a police report if the tickets turn out to be counterfeit.

“You have to make sure that the actual seats that you're sitting in exist. We've had them where it might say you're sitting in a certain row and a certain section that doesn't even exist in the stadium,” Jennings said.

Fans appreciate the extra precautions CMPD is taking and they're hoping to witness a victory on Sunday.

CMPD says if the Panthers win, the following week's home game will have even more security.