“We and the Braves were surprised at the number of people who didn’t have tickets, but just wanted to come to The Battery and enjoy the ambiance near the stadium,” Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt said Monday. “There ended up being more people there than anybody expected. So we had to plus up manpower to deal with the crowds in The Battery.”
Even when the Braves were on the road in Houston, The Battery Atlanta filled to capacity from thousands of fans who flocked to the shopping complex surrounding Truist Park to watch the games.
The crowds only intensified during the home games, particularly on Halloween night when the Braves had a chance to clinch the championship at Truist Park.
“It was literally shoulder to shoulder in The Battery,” Cavitt said.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jeremy Blake said with several agencies working together, the key was good communication. Agencies used their social media pages to let visitors know when The Battery was full or when certain gates at Truist Park were closed.
“To make sure we were all on the same page, that we knew what was going on,” Blake. “But the communication goes further than that. We also had to communicate with the public.”
Three days before the Fall Classic descended upon Truist Park, Cobb County earmarked $350,000 from its Board of Commissioners budget to beef up security. The county will use contingency dollars from the same fund to cover the un-budgeted overages.
The county police department was the most active local agency, accounting for about $326,000 of the overtime costs.
The Sheriff’s Office had at least 29 uniformed deputies help out with crowd control. So far the agency tallied $29,000 worth of OT on the Fall Classic. Department heads are still finalizing the sheriff’s overtime costs and are expected to submit them to the Board of Commissioners in early December, according Sheriff’s Office and Cobb County officials said.
“It took more manpower than we expected only because there were more people there than we expected,” Cavitt said.