CISA, Phillies and local partners conduct joint exercise to keep fans safe

May 26th, 2022

Philadelphia (May 26, 2022) – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), The Phillies, the City of Philadelphia, state and local first responders and law enforcement officials held an exercise to test response plans around hypothetical public safety incidents at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies exercise brought together private sector partners, local first responders, as well as state and federal partners to discuss information sharing procedures and emergency response and recovery operations following a hypothetical incident. This exercise took place over six hours on May 26, 2022, and focused on pre-incident information sharing, incident response and immediate recovery.

This drill was a culmination of over two years of planning, which included table-top exercises, with the goal of testing interagency response and communication plans. It included a visible response from Philadelphia's police, fire, and emergency management departments outside the ballpark in the surrounding lots. It was not held in response to any specific threat. 

CISA works with government and industry partners, including sports leagues, teams, stadiums and arenas, and other large venues around the country to develop and exercise response plans for all of the potential threats in today’s environment. CISA participates in approximately 100 cyber and physical exercises a year, and the agency has staff strategically located throughout the United States to advise businesses, schools, and other organizations of all sizes on ways to enhance their security and resilience. Resources and tools are available on the agency’s website through its Hometown Security Initiative.