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Security tightened in wake of Boston bombings

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Security checks were ever present Wednesday evening before the Grizzlies' final regular season game at the FedExForum, an 86-70 win against Utah.

All over the country sports arenas are taking a look at security for events.

The security line on fan appreciation night at FedExForum moved outside Wednesday, not as a result of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. This had been planned for weeks, to move the thousands who were expected to attend the Grizzlies' regular season finale, through the line more smoothly.

Fans say they're content with the security procedures that are in place for Grizzlies games.

Eric Granger, Vice President of Arena Operations at FedEXForum says the plan for security for Grizzlies games hasn't changed after the bombings in Boston.

"For the most part we have high level security already, especially at our NBA games," he said. "We already do hand-wanding at every point of entry, including for players, officials, media, employees - everyone who enters the arena," he said.

Granger says the NBA already has solid security requirements for all its arenas and that his staff is in constant communication with local law enforcement. He says when tragedies happen like the one in Boston, his staff re-evaluates the current security gameplan.

"When a circumstance like what happened the last couple of days occurs, it just gives us an opportunity to take a fresh look at everything and make sure the policies we already have in place are tight," Granger said.

While nothing has changed so far with security at FedExForum, it doesn't hurt for fans to be aware of their surroundings.

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