Event organizers in Centre County are ramping up security efforts for upcoming summer events following Monday’s terror attack in Manchester.
Upcoming events include the Happy Valley Jam at Beaver Stadium July 8 and Happy Valley Music Fest in State College June 2 and 3. Both are expected to draw thousands of people.
Penn State Police said the Happy Valley Jam at the stadium is going to be a learning lesson for the department, considering it’s the first-ever concert held in the venue.
“We have to factor in terrorism, whether it’s an organization or a lone-wolf or homegrown,” Penn State assistant chief Bill Moerschbacher said.
Moerschbacher said the department aims to be ‘unpredictable’ in its tactical.
The department recommends people be aware while attending an event.
“We just ask that people be a little vigilant, if you see something out of the ordinary, I always say let us know,” Moerschbacher said.
The Happy Valley Music Fest has been around for eleven years, and executive director George Arnold said there haven’t been any security issues.
“We’ve worked with the State College Police Department to ensure that we’re taking the right measure to keep our festival safe and secure,” Arnold said.
Police said connections with state and federal agencies helps keep them on top of their operations.