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UK has new "game plan" for safety, security during home football games

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- With a new coach and the first home game of the season, thousands of UK fans will pack into Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.  School officials says U of L fans should also pay attention.

The first home game of the season at Commonwealth Stadium may still be hours away, but the tailgaters are already claiming their spots. 

Ron and Donna McGohon are some of the first people in the RV lot.  It is located across the street from Commonwealth Stadium.  They're also 30-year Big Blue football season ticket holders and say for the first time in a long time, there's a lot of excitement surrounding the first home game of the season.

Ron McGohon says, "There's always this new excitement when something...new coach comes in and you think everything is going to be better, so let's just hope it is."

Better or not, big crowds and lots of last-minute ticket sales are expected Saturday and especially next weekend when the Cardinals come to town.

"We'll have a lot of folks that will be in the parking lots that may not necessarily have tickets to the game," says Kevin Saal, Sr. Associate Athletics Director at UK.

That's why Lexington Police, along with school and city officials are implementing some new rules; you'll notice one of the main changes at the security checks.

"Folks coming to the stadium tomorrow (Saturday) will be asked to carry bags in that don't measure larger than 13.5 and 10 by 7," says Saal.

The McGohons carry their own seats and are glad to know what else they can and can't bring inside for home games.

"I used to take in kind of a small backpack, but this year I just bought a little purse to carry in," says Donna McGohon.

Kickoff is just after noon on Saturday.  The Cats are hosting Miami of Ohio.

For more details on the new security procedures, go to the Gameday Central website at http://www.ukathletics.com/fbgameday/

You can also find out more by viewing a video at http://youtu.be/NXUA_lL6F5g.

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