Friday, October 11
D.C.-area schools postpone games in wake of sniper news services

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Security concerns following a sniper spree that has killed eight people are impacting NFL, college football and high school games in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas.

The Washington Redskins game on Sunday in Landover, Md., will go on as scheduled, Redskins and police officials said on Thursday.

"Security measures will be in place, but I can't say what they will be,'' said Cpl. Joseph Merkel, a Prince George's County, Md., police spokesman.

Merkel said that fans are not being asked to refrain from tailgating or to alter their game day routine

However, police tell ESPN that all high school football games scheduled for northern Virginia -- including Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties -- this weekend have been canceled.

Games in Prince George County have been postponed until Monday.

According to the Washington Post, all high school interscholastic athletic practices and games have been canceled in Anne Arundel County and Montgomery County in Maryland, and in all public schools in Washington D.C.

On the college front, a University of Virginia police department spokesman said there will be an increased security presence in the area for Saturday's noon ET game against Clemson, but the police department is encouraging fans to attend the game as normal. Charlottesville is about 60 miles from the nearest shooting site.

Further from the site, Hampton meets Bowie State at 2 p.m. ET, and a Hampton University police spokesman said the department is monitoring the situation but that fans should plan their day as normal.

In Maryland, Towson hosts Lehigh at 1 p.m. ET, and a Towson University police spokesman said the department is being more vigilant about security for the game, about 10 miles north of Baltimore. The police, however, are telling fans to continue with plans to attend the game.

Rice visits Navy, also in the Baltimore area.

Wednesday, a prestigious girls' soccer tournament for 372 of the nation's top club teams was canceled, according to the Washington Post.

"Nobody's happy about it, but you've got some choices and first and foremost we cannot guarantee their safety," said Kathie Diapoulis, president of the Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS), told the Post. "Wouldn't it be a coup for this guy to set up in the woods around one of the locations and pop off one at my players, parents or tournament officials? I'm not willing to take that chance."

More than 300 college coaches were expected to be in attendance. The canceled hotel rooms will mean huge financial losses for area hotels.

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