Miami Heat vs Cleveland Cavaliers First Game Security Preparations

By on Nov 28, 2010 in Basketball, Sports, United States, World Comments
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The first meeting between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat, LeBron James new NBA team, in the NBA 2010-11 Season will be played on Thursday, December 2, 2010, 8:00 PM ET at the Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, according to NBA.com reports.

James will be playing his first NBA game in Ohio since parting ways with Cleveland this summer to play in Florida. He became a two-time league MVP when he was still playing for the Cavaliers.

King James, however, is not expected to receive the same royal treatment that he previously enjoyed from his fans in Cleveland. Cavalier fans burned his jersey and others threw rocks at his downtown billboard after his announcement that he will be leaving Cleveland for Miami.The Cavalier fans has been eagerly waiting for James return, to let their former King hear anger and disappointment. Because of this, the Miami and Cleveland teams are now busy in their security preparations in and out of the Quicken Loans Arena for the much anticipated return of the King in Cleveland.

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The early joint security preparations by the Heat and Cavaliers teams wants to ensure the safety of players and fans before and after the HeatCavaliers game.

Milwaukee‘s Drew Gooden describe the December 2 scenario to be “10 times worse than when Carlos Boozer came back.” Knowing the Cleveland fans pretty well, as he played four seasons in Cleveland, Gooden believes that “20,000 fans are going to have headaches from booing.”

In Friday‘s interview, James shared what he foresees in his return to Cleveland.

“It’s going to be a real hostile environment, I know. I’m not concerned at all. The league is a good league and they do their best to try to make sure us players and the fans have a great time in those games. We’re going in there to try to get a win. But at the same time, I know it’ll be pretty hostile.”

The security preparations has started since the release of the NBA scheduele last August, 2010. The Cavaliers team is closely working with NBA officials, city officials and the Miami team in its security preparations.

The security measures are mainly aimed on ensuring a secure environment for everyone without compromising the inherent home court advantage of Cleveland.

As part of the Cleveland preparations, the team is not allowing fans to wear any profane or vulgar clothing directly aimed at James or his family.

Here is part of the statement made by Cavaliers spokesman Tad Carper:

“We think this is a great opportunity for our fans to positively show their support for their team, the organization and the city. There is a way to express yourself, enjoy yourself and show your excitement without crossing the line and exceeding the boundaries that are in place.”

“We have a high standard for security that exceeds what the NBA requires from us. We don’t want people to feel like they’re in a police state. We’re going to take the proper steps that need to be taken, but we want fans to come down and have a good time.”

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Uniformed police and undercover officers will be positioned close to the Heat‘s bench and along the way to the tunnel leading to their locker room. Plastic beer bottles will not be served throughout the game, instead, vendors will pour the drinks on cups. The move, is to avoid the 2001 incident wherein, Cleveland fans threw thousands of plastic bottles in the Browns Stadium field after a controversial loss to Jacksonville.

Before the December 2 game, Carper and other team officials will speak in a radio station and appear in local television to remind fans to act properly during the game.

Click here for the Result of the first game between the Heat and Cavaliers.



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